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The International Research Exchange Board (IREX) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated several broadcast equipment to Radio Bomi in western Liberia.
Radio Bomi in Tubmanburg was gutted by fire on August 26, leaving the equipment entirely damaged with portion of the building burned.
Speaking to a team of reporters following the donation ceremony Wednesday, IREX Chief of Party, Bill Burke said the donation was intended to allow the station provide information to the people of Bomi in this time of crisis.
Mr. Burke said information dissemination is important in the ongoing fight against the deadly Ebola virus.
The IREX Chief of Party said the equipment will help the station to educate and create awareness amongst the people about the virus in that part of the country.
The broadcast equipment include one five hundred and fifty (550) watts radio transmitter, desk top computers, recorders and other equipment.
For his part, Bomi County Superintendent Samuel Brown said the reopening of the station will contribute greatly to the ongoing Ebola fight.
“Awareness was not going on, preventive messages were not being heard and I believe that was one of the things that increased our death toll…so this station has been very important to us” Supt. Brown said.
He said the reopening of the station will immensely contribute to decrease in the Ebola suspected deaths in the county.
Radio Bomi Station Management Zinnah Cassell said the equipment will boost the station’s broadcast in the region.
Mr. Cassell said the station previously operated on 300 watts and was covering the three counties in the region, including Bomi, Cape Mount and Gbarpolu.