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…. To Contain Ebola
Amid intense local and international efforts to contain further spread of the Ebola virus, the Coca-Cola Company is making tremendous progress aimed at further containing the virus in Liberia.
The Company, which has been attracted by worsening humanitarian crisis in the Region in the aftermath of the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola, has demonstrated commitment to ensuring that the crisis is under control through the donation of assorted medical supplies, save drinking water and cash, among others.
However, in continuation of such effort, the Coca-Cola Company in Liberia, together with its bottling partner, Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company (ECCBC), on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, presented additional medical supplies to the Ministry of Health in the amount of US$48,000.00.
The supplies, which were requested by local hospitals, according the Company, include personal protective equipment, such as latex gloves, gowns, face shields, face masks and shoe covers.
Making the presentation to the National Taskforce on Ebola, the Human Resource Manager of the Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC), Atty. Gabriel A. Johnson said, “the immediate delivery of these supplies is critical in protecting the health workers who can help to slow the spread of this disease but this is just the first shipment.”
Atty. Johnson added that following the first air-shipment, the LCCBC and its partner, ECCBC had ordered two more forty-foot containers of medical supplies.
“The Coca-Cola Company has provided $200,000 through its Africa Foundation to procure medical equipment and supplies to support the efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria”, he disclosed.
According to him, in addition to the next delivery for Liberia, both Sierra Leone and Guinea, will each receive two more containers and one will be delivered to Nigeria. The LCCBC has also been providing beverages, water, juices, thermometers, cash & buckets/faucets and bleaches in support of the Ebola crisis management effort.
“We are also working with local healthcare and relief workers to broadcast important messages about prevention and good health practices at home to contain the spread of the disease”, Atty. Johnson noted. “If someone feels unwell it’s important to seek medical attention from trained health workers at clinics and hospitals rather than risking exposure to the family”, he added.
Meanwhile, the LCCBC’s Human Resource Manager said the donation is part of the company’s commitment to supporting where it is operating.
“Over the past 4 years, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation has donated over $2million worth of medical equipment to countries across Africa, including Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia and many others,” he noted.
However, in response, Mr. Dorbor Jallah on behalf of the National Taskforce, praised the Coca-Cola Company for its tremendous effort aimed at sustaining the fight against the deadly virus and promised that that equipment would be properly distributed to targeted beneficiaries.