FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)

29 July 2014

Liberia: Boakai to the Rescue, Identifies With Gbarpolu's Disables

Bopolu — In the wake of complains by Liberians about the economic difficulties in the country further compounded by outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the office of Vice President Joseph has distributed several food and nonfood items to the disable community, youth organization, and the Chief Jallah Lone Hospital in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County.

The items donated by the Vice President include; rice, clothing, books, sporting materials, and canes amongst others.

Presenting the items on behalf of the Vice President's office Rev. Dr. Luther Tarpeh said, the distribution of the items was Vice President Boakai way of identifying with the needy during the holiday celebration.

He said, the distribution of the items demonstrates the Vice President's concerns about disable people in that part of the country who are also responsible as others and their contributions in keeping the peace in Liberia is important.

"In his name and the name of his family and office we have come today to give to you these items that will help you celebrate the country's Independence Day in a joyous mood," Rev. Tarpeh said.

He cautioned them to join government fight the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia by taking the necessary preventive measures.

Receiving the items the head of the county disable community who only identify herself as Mama Korpu, thanked the Vice President through Dr. Tarpeh and said, the gifts from the Vice President wouldn't have come at a better time than the eve of the Independence celebration.

According to Mama Korpu she and other disable people in the county are faced with challenging situation especially with its remoteness' being a major factor.

Mama Korpu said: "We need to have love for each other, I was not born blind but today I see myself blind but it does not suggest that I should kill myself. I want to thank the vice president for this gift and pray that God bless him in everything he does."

She also used the occasion to call on National government to put in place measures that will recognize disable people at the level of the counties by providing them with allowances for their upkeep.

Like the disable community the vice president office also distributed rice and clothing to staffers of the Chief Jallah Lone hospital in the County.

Making the donation Rev. Tarpeh again expressed the concern of the vice President about the welfare of staffers of that hospital that according to him are providing sacrificial services to people of that county especially with the prevailing Health situation the country is now encountering.

Rev. Tarpeh told the health workers that the VP is concerned about their plight especially safety and promised that government will do everything to help patients in that part of the country.

Receiving the items the head of the Chief Jallah Lone hospital Dr. Trokon Washington thanked the vice president for his thoughtfulness and called on other philanthropists and prominent citizens to assist the hospital and not wait until there is election.

"Since the outbreak of this Ebola virus the hospital has never closed and interestingly we have never turned down any patient and we continue to work taking the necessary precautions but it is about time for people to come to the aid of the hospital," Dr. Washington said.

On whether there had being cases of Ebola at the hospital he said the hospital is yet to have any case of Ebola but said prevention is better at this time.

Like the Hospital and the disable community, the vice President made similar donation to the District Education office where he donated books and the Youth center.

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