A much needed ambulance was recently provided to the Montserrado County Electoral District #9 by CDC Rep. Munah Pelham-Youngblood, as her contribution to combat the Ebola virus.
Unveiling the ambulance, Rep. Pelham-Youngblood said that supervision of the vehicle will be under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare which has direct responsibility to fight the Ebola outbreak.
She placed the value of the ambulance, which was procured locally, at a little over US$7,000. Rep. Pelham-Youngblood said that due to the urgency of the Liberian crisis, she was forced to purchase the vehicle locally and transform it into an ambulance to help protect and save lives.
The Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmaker explained that the ambulance will not only be used for District #9 residents, but other communities as directed by the Health Ministry.
“This is a District #9 material but other communities will benefit as well. We expect the ambulance to be stationed in the district in order to quickly respond to health cases coming from the district.
“The entire management and operation of the ambulance will be supervised by health workers. This is not the time for politics so we must leave the politicians out of this process,” she said.
Rep. Pelham-Youngblood presented the ambulance when Montserrado County officially launched the District #9 Ebola Task Force.
At a ceremony, attended by several officials of government, including members of the county’s Legislative Caucus, Central Bank Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones, Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe and Montserrado County Superintendent Bernice Brandy, residents were afforded the opportunity to get more awareness about the Ebola disease.
This included family contact tracing, a process many believe is cardinal, but usually ignored.
Residents interviewed after the ceremony expressed delight at the gesture, describing it as; “critical and important to fighting Ebola.”
They said the district is grateful for the ambulance and encourage other officials and prominent people in the society to emulate Rep. Pelham-Youngblood’s example.