14 July 2014

Liberia: Religious Leaders Adopt Action Plan to Fight Ebola in Liberia

Photo: Liberia Government
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan being honored(file photo)

Monrovia — Religious leaders in Liberia have adopted 4 counts action plan on Ebola awareness for the implementation at their various churches. The religious leaders amongst several things agreed to provide Ebola education in their various churches and Sunday schools, homes and communities.

They also agreed to provide hand washing buckets at their various churches to prevent the spread of the virus, and work with the health Ministry and partners in reporting suspected Ebola cases within their communities and churches. Catholic Archbishop Lewis Ziegler has made a passionate plead to the Public, especially the Christian community to see the Ebola outbreak as a national emergency.

He said Christians should not doubt the reality of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia but should instead work closely with the Ministry of health and social Welfare and partners in containing the spread of the Virus which has claimed many lives and continues to affect the health of Liberians.

Speaking during a one-day Ebola sensitization workshop Friday at the Health Ministry head office in Congo-Town the Catholic Bishop urged the public to stop the state of denial and limit contact with bodies of people infected, died or suspected of dying of Ebola.

He also appealed to the public against performing the usual religious, traditional, and other burial rites for those suspected of dying of Ebola, because according to him these practices expose the public to the virus.

The workshop was part of the Ministry of Health efforts aimed at creating the necessary awareness and sensitization at interrupting the transmission and spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country. Meanwhile, the Liberia Council of Churches has called for a national fast and Prayer as part of efforts to contain the virus.

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