Cllr. Charles Brumskine Donates in Bong and Nimba Counties

September 12, 2014

In yet another outreach to areas outside Monrovia, Cllr. Charles Brumskine visited communities by Ebola in Bong and Nimba Counties. Accompanied by Senator Franklin Siakor, the Liberty Party senior partisan presented several consignments of rice for distribution to quarantined communities in Civil Compound and Millionaire Quarters. The Cllr also had rice delivered to the disabled groups in Gbarnga. Counselor Brumskine provided sixty five bags of rice to the Bong County Branch of the Liberty Party for distribution to quarantined communities in the county.

During the presentation, Cllr. Brumskine said that he visited Bong County to also identify with the people of Bong County, as he is doing in other counties. He maintained that the disease will be eradicated with a unified effort of all Liberians, adding that by following the instructions of the medical experts, Liberians could accelerate success over this national catastrophe. Brumskine emphasized that every Liberian needed to make the Ebola fight personal, depending on the capacity and resource of each; noting that if the government and the international community stepped in to fill in the gap that would be all the better.

Cllr. Brumskine then visited Nimba County, where he and the former Superintendent of Nimba County, Edith Gongloe-Weh, presented personal protective equipment (PPE) to Dr. Albert Willicor, Chief Medical Officer, United Methodist Hospital, Ganta.

Cllr. Brumskine told Dr. Willicor that the fight against Ebola starts with medical professionals who are at the forefront of the national effort to contain the virus and eventually rid Liberia of the deadly disease. He stressed the importance why medical practitioners and health workers need to be protected with PPE. Brumskine told the gathering that the deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak in Liberia can only be eradicated if Liberians follow basic instructions from health professionals.

Counselor Brumskine called on Liberians to stop doubting the existence of the Ebola disease and take advantage of preventative measures recommended by the World Health Organization, (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Speaking to a cross section of Bong County citizens in Gbarnga, Counselor Brumskine said he wanted to identify with citizens of Bong County amidst the deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak in the County.

Cllr. Brumskine and Hon. Gongloe Weh also presented a consignment of rice for distribution to quarantined families in Nimba, along with other supplies used in containing the Ebola virus. Brumskine’s message to both counties was the same: “Everyone with whom you interact must be presumed to have been infected by the Ebola virus.” Cllr. Brumskine explained that by virtue of the fact that he was in Bong and/or Nimba meant that the presence of virus-infected persons in the two counties did not prevent him from coming to visit his friends, just as it does not stop him from going to work in Monrovia. He maintained that until the Ebola virus is eradicated from our country, it is a must that Liberians do away with certain cultural habits, such as handshaking, hugging, among other cultural habits.

“We are an intimate and caring people, but we have to now stop providing home health care for the sick, even if a close relative, and have the health professionals take care of those who are ill, regardless of what we think the ailment is. Until the doctors have ruled out Ebola, it has to be handed off–no touching, not even your spouse.”

According to the Bong County Health Team, the virus has killed more sixty persons in the county, including health care providers and ordinary citizens. Cllr. Brumskine said Bong County is centrally located and hosts thousands of Liberians from different parts of the country hence the need for the County to join efforts in combating the deadly Ebola virus wreaking havoc across the country.

Cllr. Brumskine said his visits to Bong starts a series of visits he intends to do throughout impacted parts of the county. ‘This is just the beginning of what I intend to do in the county. I will continue to visit Bong County,’ he said. He said he was also considering taking a tour throughout the country to further admonish Liberians to remain committed to fighting the disease and following preventative health measures.

On August 16, 2014, six weeks earlier, Cllr. Brumskine provided LD$ 100,000 to the Bong County Health Team to support Ebola efforts in the County. For his part in supporting his community, Liberty Party Bong County senatorial candidate Franklin Siakor provided LD$ 500, 000 to Community Radio Stations in Gbarnga to intensify awareness and outreach activities in Bong County. The stations include Radio Gbarnga and Super Bongese Radio.

Senator Siakor told reporters the donation was to complement the efforts of the stations in reaching to remote villages throughout Bong. The Liberty Party Political Leader also noted that the gesture is to also be used to improve the station’s programming. He asked that some of the money be used to procure digital recorders for language programs at the two stations.


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