Amidst the worsening Ebola situation that is overwhelming the entire country on a daily basis, the Lion’s Club of Liberia has donated assorted food and sanitary items to the Liberia Government hospital in the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County to help in the fight against the deadly virus.
Grand Bassa County is becoming, with the increase of probable, suspected and confirmed cases and casualties, one of the worst Ebola hit counties so far. The Liberia Government hospital is the only major referral health facility in the county and has of late complained of lack of logistical support and other assistances.
The Lions, as the members of the club are called, made the presentation of the donation to the authorities of the hospital last Saturday. The hospital authorities said the Lions’ donations came at a time when the hospital needs them most. The cost of the donation was not disclosed, but members pledged that similar donations will shortly be carried out at various health facilities in Monrovia.
The Lion’s club of Liberia, which is popularly known as Zone 343, comprises of the Greater Monrovia Lion’s Club, Cape Mesurado Lion’s club, the Ducor Lion’s Club and the Greater Buchanan Lion’s club.
Items the Lion’s club donated included cartons of Clorox, chlorine, soaps, toiletries, beddings and other sanitary items.
Speaking at the brief presentation ceremony the zonal head of Zone 343, Dickson N. Doe, said the group saw the need to buttress the efforts of other individuals, organizations and government in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), “because the fight needs to be done collectively if the country is to prevail.”
Mr. Doe said that the prevailing health crisis, that had engulfed the Liberian state, calls for unity amongst citizens, which he said would help collectively drive the virus out of the country.
The Lion’s leader indicated that Ebola is a common enemy to all Liberians, and as such “We all must galvanize our best efforts and strength to fight and defeat it. This is why we have come here as a club to identify with you and buttress your efforts.
“We want to commend you people for the work done so far. We know that health workers are the most at risk in this fight because you are at the frontlines, so there is a need for you people to be supported and motivated as you carry on these sacrificial services. This is why we have come with these little tokens to say how grateful we are to you all.”
Receiving the items on behalf of the hospital’s administrators, Mr. Robert Gargar thanked the members and leadership of the club and said the donation came at the right time.
The prevailing situation in the country is a difficult one and so there is a need for Liberians to rally around one another if the country is to triumph over the menacing Ebola virus.
“We express our gratitude to you people for this donation. It could not have come at a better time. We also want to thank God that you saw the need to assist the Liberian Government hospital. I want to assure you all that the items will be used for their intended purposes.
In a related development, the Lion’s club also identified with the disabled community in Grand Bassa County. The club donated assorted food items and clothes to the Grand Bassa chapter of the Christian Association of the Blind (CAB). The club donated ten bags of rice, oil and other items to the disabled community.
The head of CAB, Robert Kando, lauded the Lion’s club for what he termed as their generosity.