27 August 2014

Liberia: Cellcom Donates to Building Kakata's Ebola Prevention Facilities

Photo: Liberian Govt
President Sirleaf meets a petroleum worker during a tour of an exploration rig.

Light showers on Thursday, August 21st did not prevent Executives of Cellcom from making a donation of building materials to health officials from the C. H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County to construct improved facilities intended to contain the spread of Ebola in that county.

The donation from Cellcom will enable the hospital to become better prepared for dealing with the nation's ongoing crisis and is expected to save many lives.

The Chairman of Cellcom's Board of Directors, Mr. AviZaidenberg was joined at the turning over ceremony by Cellcom's CEO Mr. John Vasikaran, its Chief Operating Officer Mr. William Saamoi, and Corporate Communications Strategist Dr. Kimmie Weeks to donate the materials to a team of officials representing the county including District #3 Representative & Secretary of the Margibi Legislative Caucus, Mr. Stephen S. Kafi, Jr., Superintendent & Chairman, Margibi County Task Force on Ebola, Hon. John Z. Buway, Dr. AdolphusYeiah, Acting County Health Officer and Mr. Gregory W. Walker, Margibi County Health Administrator.

Corporate Communications Strategist Dr. Kimmie Weeks outlined that in the face of the Ebola emergency, Cellcom was continuing its long standing tradition of putting the cause of the country before profit making.

He underscored that Cellcom has always remained dedicated to the goal of supporting progress and development in Liberia, and in a major national crisis such as Ebola, Cellcom would continue to stand with the Liberian people.

He said: "The Ebola crisis is a national emergency which is ravaging our country, and Cellcom has made a conscious decision to do whatever it takes to support national efforts to stop the spread of this menacing Virus."

Turning over the three trucks of materials to Margibi county authorities, Cellcom's CEO Mr. John Vasikaran said his company would do whatever it took to bring Ebola to a halt. "We love Liberia and we love the Liberian people.

It is heartbreaking to us when we see a silent killer such as Ebola causing so much damage to this country and so we have committed ourselves to doing whatever it takes to put a stop to this silent killer," said Vasikaran.

In accepting the materials, County officials thanked Cellcom for being the first company to come to the aid of Margibi's largest referral hospital.

They highlighted the difficulties the hospital had been facing in coping with the virus since its outbreak and said that the donation from Cellcom would help the county become more effective and efficient in treating and controlling the spread of the virus.

The donation from Cellcom is targeted at upgrading current health facilities at the C. H. Rennie Hospital and will play a key role in better positioning the facility to control the spread of Ebola in Margibi County.

The donation to the hospital is one of many projects Cellcom is currently supporting publicly and anonymously in the interest of helping Liberia recover from what is being termed as the world's worst outbreak of the most dangerous virus known to man.

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