The New Dawn (Monrovia)

26 June 2014

Liberia: MRU Youth Parliament Wants Borders Closed

Photo: Liberia Government
President Sirleaf consoles a health worker at the Redemption Hospital as they mourn the death of a colleague who died of Ebola.

The Mano River Union Youth Parliament Liberia Chapter has called for the immediate temporary closures of the borders between Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, until proper mechanisms including border testing, are put in place.

In a statement dated 25 June, 2014, the Office of the Speaker of the Liberian Chapter Mr. Melvin S. Sarh calls on the Government of Liberia and partners to be more proactive to save the lives of Liberians from the Ebola Virus.

While acknowledging the presence of the Ebola virus in our country, and the Ministry of Health and partners's efforts in the crisis, the MRU youth leadership believes that the Government of Liberia needs to be more practical in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus.

"Considering the new outbreak of the Virus, specifically in the Borough of New Kru Town, and the subsequent spreads of it to surrounding areas, such as Caldwell, Dixville, etc; leaving the death of several persons, including a nurse in the Redemption Hospital and a Physician Assistant (PA), at the T & M Neighbouring Clinic in upper Caldwell, justifies calls," the stament said.

It recommended that the Government of Liberia declares a state of emergency in order to properly execute the fight against Ebola. Further in it recommendation, the leadership calls on the Government to launch a house to house Campaign in spreading the Ebola preventions messages.

Meanwhile, the Leadership of MRU Youth Parliament will like to as well call on all Liberian youths to listen and respect the Ministry of Health's prescribed preventive measures as being publicized. Ultimately, we will like to assure the Government of our support and availability in the fight against the Ebola Virus.

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