Ebola End Celebration in Nimba

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A celebration of the end of the deadly Ebola virus (EVD) took place August 24, Flag Day, in Ganta, one of the hard-hit parts of the country during the outbreak of the virus.
In observance, the county’s Development Superintendent D. Dorr Cooper expressed appreciation to several individuals and institutions that immensely contributed to the fight against the spread of the deadly virus which, at this time last year, was at its peak.
Mr. Cooper, in a brief statement to residents of Ganta, said, “today is a very important and joyous day that the Lord has made and so let us rejoice and be glad in it, as we come together to celebrate our victory over Ebola.
“We are also celebrating our unity as a people, our oneness as a family, community; district and the county at large that made us to overcome Ebola.”
He Added, “At this time last year, there was nothing like celebration. Flag Day [was suspended], people died like ants and it was through your efforts and cooperation that made us to win the battle against Ebola.”
Mr. Cooper, now Assistant County Superintendent for Development, was City Mayor of Ganta during the course of the Ebola outbreak and it was through his hard work that stabilized the situation in Ganta, according to some residents.
Over 32 institutions as well as some prominent Nimbaians, including Senator Thomas Grupee, Rep. Jeremiah Kpan Koung, and Rev. John Baryorgar of the Bethel Church in Ganta, among others, were appreciated for the success in the Ebola fight.
The appreciation program began with a parade through the principal streets of Ganta and continued with an indoor program, a banquet and climaxed with a soccer match between the old-timers of Gbarnga and Ganta.
Scores of residents and prominent citizens of Nimba including Rep. R. Mantenokay Tingban, were in attendance.
Over two months ago, Nimbaians celebrated the end of Ebola beginning with the inauguration of Ebola Memorial Monument situated at the entrance of Ganta and ended with a grand program held in Sanniquellie where Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah served as orator.

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