26 March 2014

Liberians On Ebola - Want Stronger Government Effort

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A child receives care at the JFK Hospital in Monrovia (file photo).

As the deadly Ebola virus has reportedly entered Liberia with deaths confirmed, citizens are weighing options or possible measures that should be taken by the government to tackle the virus.

Cooper Ikpah, University of Liberia

I heard about this Ebola outbreak in the news, but I think government should declare it as a situation of emergency so as to curtail the spread of the virus. Look my brother Ebola Virus is almost dangerous as the situation of war so for the government to take it lightly is worrisome. The Government should declare Lofa now as an emergency zone; people who will be coming from Lofa to Town [Monrovia] should be tested because if this is not done those affected may spread it to other parts of the country.

The first decision that should be taking right now by the government is to close the border between Liberia and Guinea. Our country has a very weak health care system so to have an Ebola outbreak in Liberia is very dangerous and worrisome. We need international partners to come to our aid because we do not have the capacity to combat Ebola. The Government should begin taking ridicule measures before this situation becomes alarming.

Gboto Brooks, Paynesville

This is sad news for our country that we have Ebola, outbreak in parts of Lofa, I tend not to agree with people who say that our border should be closed. For the government to close the border between Liberia and Guinea is not a good decision because this decision will affect our economy and our relationship with Guinea.

The issue is not about closing borders, but rather coordinating with the Guinea government and international organization like WHO to find a way that we all can solve this problem. If we close our border it will affect people who largely depend on trade to survive. I know this virus is deadly, but we need to handle this situation without closing our borders in fact we need other country support because we do not have trained medical practitioners to deal with this Ebola virus.

Alexander Mulbah, Lofa citizen

I was in Lofa two days ago even while in Lofa let me be bold with you people in Lofa are worrying and panicking over this Ebola news. I was in Voinjama but let me inform you that when I got in Zorzor I could not even get down from the car I had put my car glass up because all of us were afraid. I tell you this news is very troubling I tell you our people are worried, especially the business people nobody is buying chicken, meat, and other fresh animals people fear that they may contact it by eating them.

There are lots of information out there that are not truthful so we need the Ministry of Health to provide the public with the proper and right information. Those who say the government is making this up are not serious, look my brother, I saw how doctors were dressed or though I did not see any Ebola patient but Lofa is tense with the news. I think for now we should close our borders while weighing other options if Liberians will get affected by having interactions with Guineans then we need to close our borders so as to save our state because the disease is spread through physical contact.

If the border is closed that minimize the people coming from Guinea to Liberia and then the government can begin testing people in that region so as to identify people who are affected and begin giving them the necessary medical attention if this done this disease in a week or two it will spread in the whole of Lofa the border between Lofa and Guinea is just sometime car road.

Augustine Koyan, Monrovia

This news is quite discouraging what I want for central government to do is to put the right mechanizing in place so as to get a trace of this Ebola and begin creating massive awareness so our people can take the necessary preventive measures. I think government should implore a measure where people from Guinea coming in Liberia can be tested because we cannot close the border most of our people depend on Guinea to trade because of the distance from Lofa to Monrovia. I want to tell the people of Lofa to take courage and be careful with meat they eat and their interaction.

Momo Teah, Lofa citizen

For me we need to protect our citizens in Lofa County we urged the national government to take action in that region by closing the border. This news as I learned can travel through the air so there should be a restriction on people movement for now. We as citizens of Lofa County are appealing to the government so as to tackle this disease in a timely manner. If nothing is done to resolve this national problem, it spread to Bong county, Margibi and to Monrovia so, this is a serious situation that should be addressed by this government without any delay in allocating funding to tackle this virus.

I worry about government capacity in handling this disease so we are asking friendly nations and organizations to come to the aid of L Iberia. Government needs to put a system in place so we do not have a case like what's happening during the caterpillar invasion because this one has to do with our people's lives. We know that corruption is in this country and everybody wants to get rich from every little thing so we ask the government to set up a task force headed by a civil society member so that any money generated cannot be misused.

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