Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy
Bong Closes 18 Crossing Points To Gbarpolu County
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
SANOYEA, October 21 (LINA) - Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy has ordered the immediate closure of all 18 crossing points in Gbonoeta and Piata Towns, Bong County to avert entry of the Ebola virus from neighboring Gbarpolu County.
According to the Liberia News Agency, the superintendent also ordered the removal of all canoes at those crossing points on the St. Paul River to prevent people from using them to enter Bong County.
Gbonoeta connects Bong with Kologbandai, Tangaira and Gbapolu Town, while Piata and other towns along the St. Paul River also connect the county with Gbarpolu County through several crossing points.
Speaking at two separate meetings in Gbonoeta and Piata towns Monday, Mappy said her decision is predicated on the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Gbarpolu County, adding that such is a proactive measure to safeguard the citizens and people of Bong County.
“Unless you help us in this fight, gains made in the eradication of the disease from our county will continue to be a short-lived,” she pointed out.
Also speaking, Bong County Health Officer Dr. Samson K. Arzoaquoi admonished citizens to tighten restrictions at the crossing points and ensure that the disease does not spill over into their towns.
Despite recent outbreak of the virus in that rural part of Gbarpolu, the disease is yet to surface in border towns on the Bong County, prompting officials are taking precaution.