3 September 2014

Liberia: NPA Allays Public Fear

The National Port Authority or NPA has erased the fear of employees dispatched home for them in definite as a result of the deadly Ebola disease, causing many deaths in Liberia and other West African countries.

The NPA said, the mandate was instituted by the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for all non-essential public workers take a month's break to reduce the over-crowdedness of government offices as a way of avoiding the spreading the virus.

Speaking yesterday at the Information Ministry during its regular press briefing, the Deputy Managing Director for Administration, Nyekeh Forkpa, said the management of the port had decided to reduce staff to avoid people coming in contact with the deadly Ebola disease.

"About 50% of our administrative staff were dispatched home, not because they are not important, but just to have the entity secure from the spread of the deadly virus; while they are on break, they will continue to get all of their regular salaries. We cannot impose hardship on people; they are not responsible for their stay home," he noted.

According to the NPA Deputy Managing Director, the NPA has put in place various measures to insure that there is a zero outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus at the port facility. He said the port facility is yet to record a single case of any symptom of the virus at its facility, emphasizing that the NPA will not allow people in its premises and showing passes to vessel members, except those who will be in emergency cases.

Mr. Forkpa explained that the high measures put in place were intended to safeguard every employee of the entity and help the eradication of the dangerous virus.

He pointed out that other measures put in place by the port management, including wearing long sleeve shirts while coming to work, and washing hands with chlorine, bleach hand wash, alcohol, based hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving the compound and the testing of temperature to ensure that every employee of the facility is healthy to save them from coming in contact with the virus.


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