The Plenary of the House of Representatives has unanimously endorsed that funds earmarked for the Independence Day Celebration be directed to help fight the spread of the Ebola virus.
The lawmakers made the decision Thursday, 10 July during its regular sitting following recommendation from Rep. Edwin Snowe seeking the indulgence of his colleagues to transfer all funds set aside for the July 26 Independence Day Celebration to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
Hon. Snowe is the Representative of District 6 Montserrado County and also chairs the House Rules, Order and Administration Committee.
In his letter, the lawmaker asserted that spread of the Ebola virus is alarming and it is important that government takes strong and positive measures to halt the spread of the virus.
"As you are aware, the deadly Ebola Virus outbreak has risen to new dimension of concern in the already over populated City of Monrovia. Without an effective mechanism put in place, this city is ripe for the virus in such proportions that we cannot begin to imagine. The government at all levels should at this time be seen taking concerted, positive and decisive steps that our people and residents alike would appreciate". Hon. Snowe averred.
The Rules, Order and Administration Chairman also recommended that festivities commemorating the Independence Day Celebration be replaced with national prayers and fasting day.
"... a call as a nation to substitute festivities with prayers and fasting for the Nation; asking God to deliver our Country from the deadly Ebola Virus disease which has been described as one of the most deadly in the world". The District 6, Representative beseeched in his communication.