The New Dawn (Monrovia)

28 July 2014

Liberia: Urey Wants State of Emergency

Renowned Liberian businessman-turned politician Benoni Urey has called on the Liberian Government to declare a state of emergency to fight the deadly Ebola virus, currently taking away lives in the country, including health works. Mr. Urey noted that it was necessary to declare a state of emergency so that the resources of the people will be directed to the fight of the Ebola virus.

He told a news conference last weekend that it was about time that Liberians remained united to fight the virus, urging every Liberians to declare their own state of emergency, if the government refused to declare.

"We must, as individuals, declare our own state of emergency to fight this virus; we must use all of our limited resources to fight against this virus; if we don't, we will all go down the drain as this deadly virus is reaching near us all," he noted.

He emphasized the need for Liberians not to go abroad in fighting the virus:"We need not to go abroad to fight Ebola; we need to be at home, and join each other in combating the virus," he stressed.

He, however, noted that in the wake of Liberia's Independence Day celebration, it was regrettable that Liberians faced the awesome scourge of the virus, which is not only confined to Liberia, but Guinea and Sierra Leone as well.

He said heightened fears are enveloping Liberians, and with the recent deaths of nurses at Phebe Hospital, as well as the revelation of eminent physicians has fallen gravely ill, "it was clear that this virulent specter is threatening widespread assault, but there is a twist of irony in this tragedy; we, as a people, are being drawn together as never before to defend ourselves against the disease; I pray that all of us will abide with the understand that the virus poses an extraordinary challenge to all of us, which impels the adoption of a strict code of conduct in self-discipline as a means of surviving," he noted.

He indicated that unless Liberians care for each other, the prospect of perishing together becomes patently real. Urey emphasized the urgent need for Liberians to honor all appeals from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and avoid the hostility that has occurred through the bizarre action of a lone actor to ignite the massive fire that has destroyed a vital portion of the Ministry.

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