The president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Berry & Gaye Global (Liberia) Incorporated on Thursday, August 21, donated over US$20,000 in medical supplies and protective gears to the Government of Liberia through the office of the Vice President, to fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease.
The items included 4,500 gloves, 3,000 face/respiratory protective masks, 500 surgical and isolation gowns and 200 full body protective suits.
Others are 200 protective boot/head covers, 400 disposable bed sheets and 50 hand antiseptic, amongst other.
Making the donation Thursday, August 21, to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Mr. Rufus S. Berry, noted that many Liberians have been affected by the deadly outbreak and sought to immediately do something to help his kinsmen.
“I just had to do something, because our people are dying every day from this terrible epidemic, and I cannot just sit around and do nothing,” he declared.
According to him, he was able to tap into connections with the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oakland, California, the Alameda Health System through Dr. Carladenise Edwards the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), for donations of critical and needed resources to Liberians.
The Virus has had a devastating impact on the already limited resources and personnel in the weak Liberian health system, donors of these resources if used wisely, will be happy to assist Liberia combat the disease, which is a global problem and I am happy to have been able to mobilize these resources as just a small way of helping to address this national crisis," Berry narrated.
Mr. Berry requested that the Liberian National Task Force on Ebola (through the office of the Vice President) will distribute the items to Hospitals with extensive needs that serve very poor communities.
He name Redemption Hospital on Bushrod Island, The ELWA Hospital, Tellewoda Hospital in Voinjama, and the Government Hospital in Buchannan as beneficiary of the items.
The Virus, he said have a devastating impact on the already limited resources and personnel in the weak Liberian health care system.
Receiving the items on behalf of the Liberian government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH), the Vice President, Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai thanked Mr. Berry and partners for the supply.
According to him, the donation came in as a timely manner when especially when Liberians are dying from the deadly Ebola in Liberia.
Ambassador Boakai further disclosed that when he visited the States recently, he had a town hall meeting with the Liberian communities and during that meeting, he said young people who are doctors in America expressed their wiliness to help support Liberia in this time of the Ebola crisis.
He said during that meeting they also wrote letter to him, which he give copies to the health minister and the President to engaged them on the matter.
However, the Vice President assured Mr. Berry that the items will use wisely to combat the disease out of Liberia and called on others to emulate the good example of Berry.
Meanwhile, at the donation program yesterday was District #6 Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe Jr,.