‘Don’t Put Politics in the Ebola Fight’, Bong Lawmaker


Bong County Salala District Representative, Adam Bill Corneh, has told stakeholders in the chiefdom and district not to mix politics with the fight against the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed over 400 lives in Liberia, including 50 persons from his district.
Representative Adam Bill Corneh said the Ebola virus is an untreatable disease, which shouldn’t be muddled with politics.

He cited that the gravity of the disease is evidenced by the quarantining of people in over six counties and the country's growth forecast "is no longer realistic."

He made this appeal during an interview on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 with journalists in his Capitol office, while responding to allegations that he had  deserted the district since the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus in the county.

Rep. Corneh described the allegation as ‘misleading and disrespectful’ and was merely propounded by detractors to put him against his people ahead of the 2017 Presidential and General Elections.

The Bong County District # 6 Representative who is serving his second term, noted that he and Senator Henry Yallah visited the affected areas in the county and distributed some needed items amongst the citizens including, bags of rice, buckets, cartoons of soaps, chloride, dettol and sacks of chlorine and salt.

“There is no need for politics to be in the fight against Ebola because our people know deeply in their hearts that we have always taken  the lead in identifying with them in times of happiness or trouble,” Rep. Bill said. “Politicians will always be politicians by not recognizing our efforts but telling lies.”

Rep. Corneh indicated that he had written the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives, complaining against some stakeholders of the county who had launched a campaign against him and Senators Henry Yallah and Jewel Howard Taylor in order to make them unpopular with their citizens to win political points.

“When Senator Henry Yallah and I went to the affected areas, the citizens accorded us poor reception and criticized us for abandoning them, but after they were educated, they reasoned with us,” Rep. Corneh stressed.

Also in his letter dated September 9, 2014, Rep. Corneh accused the stakeholders who are heading the taskforce for not containing the virus but instead politicizing their function, consequently causing the virus to reach his district and killing 50 persons.

“However, some members of the leadership of Bong County Task Force have decided to politicize the function of the task force in order to satisfy their personal political interest, and as a result of those negative vices 50 persons in my district have died of the Ebola virus,” Rep. Corneh stated.

He added: “Areas that these deaths occurred are Zeanzue town (one person); Donfa town (four persons); Totota (two persons); Miamu (two persons); Camp 5 (five persons), Borka and Balakaitala (32 persons) and Kpakolokoyatea (one person), and over 35 persons are suspected of having the virus,” the Bong Lawmaker said.

He further told newsmen that he is packaging another consignment of preventive and containment items for his citizens including awareness leaflets.

Meanwhile, according to the Ministry of Health’s list on the disbursement of funds in the fight against Ebola, about L$11 millions was given the county authority in the fight against virus.


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