GCC Calls For Measures To Prevent New Lassa Fever Outbreak In Gbarnga
The Mayor of the Gbarnga City Corporation (GCC), Madam Lucia Herbert, is calling on residents of the city to keep their communities clean by constantly brushing them and disposing of garbage to prevent an outbreak of Lassa Fever in the city.Speaking during the GCC’s 2020 six months budget hearing, Madam Herbert said frequently applying rat medicine, constant cleaning of restroom facilities and cleaning around the communities, among others, will help to prevent Lassa Fever outbreak in Gbarnga and other parts of the county.
Madam Herbert reemphasized that team building and team work among residents of Gbarnga through zonal heads and GCC staffs, to keep Gbarnga clean should be everyone’s responsibility.
She pointed out that the constant habit by residents of keeping wells and septic tanks open and dumping garbage in and around communities is “a major problem and serious challenge” confronting the Gbarnga City Corporation.
The GCC top official also expressed fear over an outbreak of communicable diseases at the Gbarnga Central Market, if nothing is done by the Marketing Association to collaborate with her office in removing garbage from around the market.
She mandated the 19 zonal heads of Gbarnga to reinforce the immediate evacuation of illegal occupants along Gbarnga Broad Street as well as those in the habit of erecting makeshift structures around the central market.
It can be recalled that in 2019, there was an outbreak of Lassa Fever in the Rubber Factory Community in Gbarnga, while few cases were also reported from the Phebe Referral Hospital in Suacoco, Bong County.
Commenting on the entity’s 2020 six months draft budget, Madam Herbert put the total revenue collected L$5,196, 495 with equal expenditure.
She, therefore, appealed to residents of Gbarnga renting public facilities to pay their rent to help GCC actualize its medium term budget, adding, that failure on the part of occupants to commit themselves to the agreement will leave her office with no option but to take them to court.
Some participants at the meeting, including the Site Coordinator Prepare Study at Phebe Referral Hospital, Mr. V. Carwolo Pewu, admonished zonal heads of Gbarnga to collaborate with his team to carry out a Lassa fever awareness campaign in their various communities by April this year.
On his part, Liberia Red Cross Bong County Chapter Field Officer, Mr. Rolland B. Enders, disclosed that his entity will shortly embark on a massive cleanup campaign in various communities as part of efforts to buttress government’s role in providing a safe environment for its citizens.
According to him, the Liberian Red Cross Society Bong chapter will also embark on Lassa fever preventive awareness campaign across the city, and asked residents to join his entity in the process.