By T. Saye Goinleh
A local non-governmental organization known as Manneka has dedicated an Ebola Memorial site in Bomi County with the primary aim of reminding the next generation of Liberians about the impact of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country around 2014 and 2015.
Speaking at the dedicatory ceremony held recently in Mon-Feh Clan, Dewein District, the Chief Executive Officer of Manneka, Mambu Quoi stressed that it is good for the people to reflect on the past and take precaution about sanitation and hygiene within their communities.
Quoi explained that the spot will also serve as a remembrance of those who died in the process and a reflection of what happened in the district particularly the surrounding towns and villages as the results of the Ebola crisis in the country.
He indicated that the Ebola Memorial Site project was implemented by Mambu Incorporated and sponsored by Geneva Global and Capital for Good.
Quoi admonished Liberians to unite in order to foster development across the country and at the same calling on central government to support local non-governmental organizations to enhance growth and development at the local level around the country.
He asserted that local organizations such as Manneka is engaged with the manufacturing of hand pumps locally and providing materials along with spare parts and at the same time involved with its installations in towns and villages across Liberia.
Meanwhile, the General Manager of Manneka, Anneke Quoi said the group also organized sporting and arts competition for students and schools around Vortor Town concerning Ebola. Madam Quoi noted that children have the ability to do artistic works depicting the infection and fight against the deadly disease so that others can clearly understand what it did in Liberia.
She narrated that prizes will be awarded to deserving schools and students in cash such as US$150, US$75 and US$25 for first, second and third categories respectively. Madam Quoi averred that prizes for the competitions were provided by the organization’s partners including BIVAC Communications, Lion Stationary Store and United Office Supplies Equipment among others.
Earlier, the outgoing District Commissioner of Dewein District in Bomi County, Folley Siryon commended Manneka for constructing a memorial site in the district and call on the Liberian government to create adequate awareness on public health across the country.
Commissioner Siryon said a proper preventive method should be instituted all around the country especially in schools to inform students about sanitation and hygiene practices.
The dedication of the Ebola Memorial Site brought together local dwellers, traditional leaders, government officials and local and international partners of Manneka.
The Ebola epidemic hit Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone between 2014 and 2015 leaving several lives lost in the three countries.