Lack of Logistics Hampers LNRCS Operations

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The president of the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) says logistical support remains a serious challenge to the Red Cross intervention to help stop further spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

According to Mr. Emmanuel Kparh, vehicles, fuel and funding are some of the essential logistics needed to enhance the institutional capacity in the fight against Ebola.

The LNRCS is the major organization clothed with the authority to provide humanitarian assistance as well as disaster management in the country.

Mr. Kparh spoke Tuesday when the management of National Petroleum (NP) Liberia Limited donated 200-gallons of fuel to the Liberia National Red Cross Society in support of its Ebola intervention.

The NP management said that the donation was its little way of buttressing government efforts through the LNRCS to contain the Ebola virus in the country and the Sub-Region. NP is a Sierra Leonean petroleum company. Sierra Leone is one of three countries in the region that is suffering the wrath of the virus.

The LRC president thanked  the NP for the fuel donation, describing it as timely to help maximize the Red Cross’ output in its Ebola response activities in the affected counties.

The LNRC’s current Ebola response activities are being supported by its movement partners but Mr. Kparh wants other national and international institutions as well to support the Liberian Red Cross as it intensifies efforts to help contain the Ebola virus.

The Red Cross is carrying out social mobilization and awareness, contact tracing, psychosocial counseling and providing survivor kits to victims in the seven counties.  It is also now assisting the Ministry of Health in the area of dead body management of Ebola victims for Montserrado only.

The LNRC has already declared August as Ebola Month after scaling down activities of other programs and projects to concentrate more on fighting the deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia.

LNRC secretary general Fayiah Tamba recently told the media that as an auxiliary to government, the LNRC was prepared and ready for the Month of August to utilize every resource at its disposal to fight the disease in support of the government efforts.

The Ebola virus, since its outbreak in the region, has claimed over one thousand lives with Guinea, where it originated from, being the hardest hit follow by Sierra Leone and Liberia.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the outbreak in the country as a national tragedy that needs to be brought to an end. She has imposed a 90- day state of emergency which she believes will help contain the virus.

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