FrontPageAfrica (Monrovia)

19 July 2014

Liberia: Taking Lead - Students, Youths Enter Ebola Fight

Monrovia — In the wake of denial of the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Liberia by many Liberians, a group calling itself the Concern Students of the United Methodist University Against the Spread of Ebola in Liberia; Friday, July 11, 2014 launched a campus based campaign called "Sanitization to Safe the Nation".

The program brought together scores of students, faculty staffs, the Executive Director of Education Today, Inc., James-Emmanuel D. Cole, Jr, partner from the Ministry of Health, Dr. Kumblytee L. Johnson and other invited guest.

The Team Leader of the Concern Students of the United Methodist University Against the Spread of Ebola in Liberia, student Darius Popo Bleh called on students to take key preventive measures to avoid the spread of the Ebola virus and reminded them that as a youth of Liberia the future is now and it depends how well they manage it. He also commended the Ministry of Health, represented by Dr. Kumblytee L. Johnson, who provided a wide range of education on the outbreak of the virus and how it can be prevented.

The Executive Director of Education Today, Inc., James-Emmanuel D. Cole, Jr, called for an emergency national response alliance among youth and students who contribute more than 65% of the country's population to fight against the Ebola outbreak in the country and said his organization also launched it's EBOLA campaign called: "Taking the Lead to End EBOLA in Liberia" and appreciated the invitation extended him, by the Concern Students of the United Methodist University Against the Spread of Ebola in Liberia.

He underscored the importance of training; awareness and sensitization campaigns and encouraged the beneficiaries to demonstrate a high level of patriotism and commitment in the discharge of their specific duties. Encouraging students, he also warned them of doubting Thomas's reminding them, that the virus is real and is killing many Liberians.

"Some will come to you and say that it's a scam by the health ministry to steal money from government covers, all you need to do is to take preventive measure because Ebola is real and is in Liberia," James-Emmanuel D. Cole, Jr.

He urges Dr. Johnson to continue her contribution to the fight against Ebola and challenge the students of the United Methodist University to take bold steps by serving as Ebola Ambassadors in their various communities, which will help in fighting the spread of the virus in the country and said he is optimistic that the virus will be eradicated only if all work together by reporting suspected cases on time.

"Remember EBOLA fight is everyone's business... get involved to support the overall response to the deadly epidemic," said Cole. Dr. Johnson, on her part appreciated the students' initiative and called on everyone to take the lead in fighting the virus.

"There is no stupid question about Ebola, so if you want me to spend my whole day here answering I'm willing to, because Ebola is everybody's business," Dr. Johnson said. Student Joyce T. Teage appreciated the Ministry of Health for honoring their invitation, which provided them the opportunity to ask questions and Dr. Johnson was able to clear their doubts.

"I promise to be an Ebola Ambassador in my community and where ever I go," student Joyce Teage of UMU.

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