The Young Men’s Christian Association of Liberia (YMCA), has provided a consignment of humanitarian assistance including food aid and medical supplies valued over US$4000 to some Ebola affected households and community-based clinics in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The YMCA gesture is in response to the country’s health emergency owing to the Ebola outbreak.
Consignment the YMCA authorities donated includes 85 bags of 25 kg of rice, several pieces of intravenous fluids, oral rehydration salts, gloves and other assorted materials.
Items are intended for distribution among three private clinics and Ebola affected households in Gbarnga through the Bong Chapter of the National Health Workers Association.
YMCA National General Secretary of the Liberia, E. Edward Gboe, who made the donation said, one of the three private clinics have been providing health services to the people since the closure of public health facilities in the county.
Some of the health facilities shut down in the county in the wake of the Ebola outbreak are the C.B. Dunbar and Phebe hospitals. They closed down as a result of the Ebola crisis, while the YMCA has, at the same time, been in discussion with the other two other clinics to resume health services to the public.
The YMCA Board vice president for program, Lester M. Paye, said since the outbreak of the Ebola disease in the country, several households have lost one or more of their relatives.
As such, the Lawmaker said, the donated rice will help alleviate the problem of food security for the affected communities, due to the arbitrary increase in the price of rice on the market.
The president of the National Health Workers Association, Bong County Chapter, Martha Morris, who received the items, lauded YMCA for the gesture. He promised to work with the YMCA to deliver the items door-to-door to reach expected targeted beneficiaries.
In a related development, the YMCA also donated 15 bags of 25kg rice to physically challenged people in the affected communities and four electronic thermometers to two community radio stations in Gbarnga and two community-based clinics.