Heritage (Monrovia)

16 April 2014

Liberia: Indeed, the Outbreak of the Ebola Virus Must Not Be Politicized

editorial

While sensitizing students of the St. Theresa's Convent in Monrovia early this week about the deadly Ebola virus, a professional Liberian nurse working at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town cautiously called on politicians not to politicize the outbreak of Ebola in the country.

Mrs. Maima Pelham, quoted by the Liberia News Agency (LINA), pointed out that the disease is actually in the country and has already claimed the lives of some Liberians, and therefore, the professional Liberian cautioned further that politicizing the issue of Ebola will further put the lives of more Liberians at risk.

On the other hand, Mrs. Pelham, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Serene Health Mobile Clinic, admonished the students of the St. Theresa's Convent to avoid eating plums and other fruits that are partially eaten by bats so as not to contract the deadly Ebola virus.

Mrs. Pelham further admonished the students to also avoid touching people with signs of the disease, especially when they constantly vomit, toilet or are weak and when they have rashes on their skin.

She advised them to wash their hands constantly when they shake hands and should always chlorinate their water as well as avoid eating or touching bush meat such as monkeys, and chimpanzees, among others.

She also advised them to ensure that piercing instruments used on them at health centers are new or sterilized because if an instrument used on an Ebola patient is used on another person the risk of contracting the disease is high.

We agree with Mrs. Pelham that politicians must not politicize the outbreak of the fatal Ebola virus in the country.

By politicizing the disease, we will be doing more harm than good, and therefore, we join Mrs. Pelham in also cautioning politicians not to politicize the outbreak of the disease.

Undeniably, the Ebola virus is life threatening and so all efforts must be exerted to combat it head on instead of politicizing it.

We have leant that the deadly Ebola virus, which was discovered in 1976, has no cure but can only be prevented.

Creating serious awareness about the disease, we have also learnt, is the only remedy to the spread of it, and hence, people who are involved in creating awareness about the Ebola virus must encouraged.

Against this backdrop, we commend all those, including Mrs. Pelham who are sensitizing the public, including students about the Ebola virus for this worthy cause.

We encourage them to continue the crusade against this deadly disease until the desired objectives are achieved.

It is our hope that all of us will heed the messages that have to do with the prevention of the killer Ebola virus.

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