The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: CDC Leads Ebola Walk Monday

Contrary to its popular jingles of avoiding skin contacts among other Dos and Don'ts, officials at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare are expected to join the main opposition, the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC for an Ebola walk on Monday.

Though CDC officials say the walk is to create Ebola awareness, it is unclear how effective such awareness will be. The walk dubbed. Walk for Life, the party said it is in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and landline ministries along with the House of Representatives and the Liberian Senate.

Speaking to the NewDawn Thursday at the party's headquarter, its Vice Chairman Mr. Mulbah Morlu said the march is intended to kick Ebola out of Liberia and that it has no political intents. "Only to help Liberians understand the negative effect its impact has on the lives of the people.

The march is expected to commence from the Health Ministry in Congo Town onward to Broad Street and streets in Monrovia following speeches from Health Minister, Dr. Walter Gwanigale, official representations of the Liberian Legislature.

It could be recalled that the Senate recently voted overwhelmingly, urging President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to declare a state of emergency and that US$1.5 Million be made available immediately aide the fight against Ebola.

Dr. Peter Coleman, who is the Senate Chairman on Health, Dr. Peter Coleman said over 100 people are believed to have died from the virus here. Several of the deaths were confirmed by tests to be Ebola, he said. The virus, which causes severe bleeding and high fevers, has continued to ravage neighboring Guinea and has also spread to Sierra Leone.

"The first phase of the epidemic was contained," said Dr. Coleman. "But because of the proximity to Guinea and Sierra Leone, we did not declare outbreak over."

One of the seven deaths was a woman who had recently traveled from an infected area in Sierra Leone and is believed to have passed the disease on to others in the house where she was staying in Monrovia.

Fear of the disease, which has no known cure, appears to have helped its spread. There have been several reports of relatives taking sick loved ones out of isolation wards, making the work of stopping the disease's spread harder.

The outbreak appears to have begun in neighboring Guinea, where the vast majority of the cases and deaths have been recorded. In all, the World Health Organization says nearly 250 people have died of the virus.

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