Grand Bassa Senator Extols Firestone Liberia For Supporting Campaign Against Malaria
HARBEL, Liberia, West Africa (August 10, 2007)- Grand Bassa County Senior Senator Milton Gbezohngar Finley commended Firestone Liberia for its support of the Liberia History Education and Development Association (LIHEDE) — an organization committed to controlling and preventing malaria in Liberia.
Sen. Finley spoke at the official launch of LIHEDE’s Malaria Control and Prevention in Liberia program, on Saturday, Aug. 11, in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. He praised Firestone Liberia for the support it is providing LIHEDE in its campaign to create awareness for the prevention, control and treatment of malaria in Liberia.
Sen. Finley described Firestone Liberia as a traditional friend who runs to the aid of the Liberian people — especially those of Grand Bassa County — at all times. Additionally, he asserted that Firestone, as a long-time partner in Liberia’s development, was doing well to support the campaign against the spread of malaria in the country.
For his part, Dr. Sryulwy Somah, Executive Director of LIHEDE, thanked Firestone Liberia for the support given to his organization in the campaign against malaria. He noted that malaria is dangerous, and the support of every Liberian is needed in the fight against the deadly disease.
Dr. Somah, who is also an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupation Safety and Health at the A&T State University in North Carolina, U.S., said that Liberia can build a healthy society only if malaria is tackled from every angle.
“Every second a child dies from malaria,” said Dr. Somah. “We as a people will lose the world if the appropriate authorities do nothing to stop the spread of the disease.”
In his remarks, Rufus Karmorh, Public Affairs Manager of Firestone Liberia, lauded the efforts of Dr. Somah and authorities of the Ministry of Health in fighting malaria.
On behalf of Firestone Liberia, Karmorh said that the company shares Liberia History Education and Development Association’s passion for creating awareness for the control and prevention of the deadly disease.
The program was witnessed by local government officials of Grand Bassa County and representatives of the private sector. Those in attendance from Firestone Liberia included: J. Feay Roberts, Industrial Relations Manager; Lillian Marroum, Hospital Administrator; and Eric Mensah, Community Relations Superintendent.