Marketers in Liberia have been urged to be steadfast and step up to the plate in boosting the economy in the awake of the prevailing Ebola crisis affecting the sub-region.
Making the plea for marketers, particularly women, Charles Naiwah, program manager of Foundation for Women (FFW), urged marketers to rise up above the deadly foe of Ebola and properly manage the business sector for the development of their nation.
Addressing the marketers yesterday, he encouraged Liberian women to be courageous in these trying times of the national economy, adding; "Don't let Ebola put you out of business.
“Let's be serious in the fight against this virus in order to make our businesses stronger,” the FFW manager indicated.
Relative to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the micro-finance organization called on residents of Liberia, particularly market women, to understand the fact that "Ebola is real and has no remedy, but early treatment can reduce the risk of death.
Don't hide any sick or dead person, he admonished, urging them to report to the health authorities anything that looks like the virus.
"Control the children who remain at home to avoid coming in contact with strangers.
"It's better to be selfish and remain alive than to be generous and get killed at the hands of Ebola. That is why we have come to identify with you people in these communities today.
"We're partners; so Ebola will not make us fall apart. Our partners met and raised some resources to procure awareness materials and preventive gears for you in order to contain the spread of the virus. We will not sit back and allow our members to fight the virus alone. We are with you every step of the way. We want our borrowers to fight the disease face-to-face in an effort to kick the virus out of Liberia," Naiwah asserted.
FFW made the call when the local organization that is operating in 14 of Liberia's 15 political subdivisions presented scores of anti-Ebola materials for 37 market women from three communities. The micro finance organization described the donation as "arms and ammunitions in the combat against Ebola."
Receiving the items on behalf of the three groups, leaders of the market women expressed their appreciation to the FFW family for the gesture.
In separate statements, Madams Vera Tweh of Airfield, Emma Ricks of Catholic Junction and Marlyn Davis of Old Road Communities described the donations as "a positive step in battling the deadly Ebola virus."
"A friend in bad times is truly a real friend indeed," Madam Davis said.
She pledged her women's organization's fullest corporation in the national fight against Ebola, pledging, "The materials will be used for the intended purpose."