The Inquirer (Monrovia)

15 August 2014

Liberia: Wanep Wants Dismissed Health Workers Reinstated - Wipnet Ends 21-Day Fast & Prayer

The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) Liberia Chapter has joined its voice with the Nursing and Dental Association of Liberia in appealing to the Government of Liberia to consider reinstating dismissed health workers in the spirit of national reconciliation.

WANEP also noted that while Liberians acknowledge that the country is in a state of emergency, it is urging the Government of Liberia (GOL) to continue to maintain law and order, and respect the fundamental rights of its citizens and other residents in the Republic of Liberia.

WANEP also recommended that government ensure that continuous robust and tactful implementation of the Action Plan in containing and preventing the deadly Ebola virus disease is maintained until the complete eradication of the deadly Ebola virus through the length and breadth of Liberia and its neighboring countries to avoid its return to future generations.

Delivering a special press statement on the current situation surrounding the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus and interventions against its spread, Mrs. Victoria Wollie, National Network Coordinator of WANEP-Liberia said, "In regards to the dissemination of information to the public, we acknowledge efforts being made by the Ministry of Information."

However, she said WANEP also observed that there are all sorts of information in the likes of rumors that quickly spread into communities with some of these having the propensity to create panic and chaos.

"Therefore, we call on the Ministry to speak on such issues in a timely manner to deal with misinformation. This is important in these difficult times of our nation's history," she added.

Mrs. Wollie said WANEP-Liberia will continue to engage all local and international partners in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus by educating the population on preventive measures required to rid the country of the havoc that the Ebola virus continues to cause.

"We will continue to liaise with network members to use their skill in Peacebuilding to encourage mediation and dialogues in situations that may arise in their communities," she added.

Madam Wollie, expanding further on the Deadly Ebola virus said, "There are no lesser words to describe the crisis we the people of Liberia endure each day. Since the outbreak, we have recognized the resolve of the Liberian people to fight this deadly disease using every means possible; spreading news of the existence of the deadly virus in our midst and its destructive and perilous nature, educating the public about the preventive measures required to protect oneself as prescribed by authorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and instituting preventive actions such as ensuring hand washing facilities are available."

She said Liberians' efforts have been buttressed by the international community who has sent doctors, healthcare workers, protective gears and medicine and financial resources to deal with the situation which is a national and regional health disaster.

The WANEP Coordinator said the people and government of the Republic of Liberia should acknowledge the generous contributions and technical support being galvanized in containing and eradicating the deadly Ebola virus disease.

In that vein she commended the United States of America, the People's Republic of China, the Canadian Government, National and International Humanitarian Organizations, the Media (both electronic and print) through the leadership of the Press Union of Liberia: Special Task Force, Religious bodies and all Civil Society Organizations for their support to the fight against Ebola.

Meanwhile, The Women in Peace Building Network in Liberia (WIPNET-Liberia) yesterday ended a fourteen-day intensive fast and prayer in the country.

The exercise was part of effort to combat the deadly Ebola virus which has taken the lives of over "two hundred" people across Liberia and leaving several others affected.

The fourteen days of intensive fast and prayer which brought together a little over one hundred and fifty women from across the country was intended to seek God's intervention in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.

According to the National Network Coordinator for the West Africa Network for Peace-building (WIPNET-Liberia) Madam Victoria Wollie, the fourteen days fast and prayer aimed at presenting their supplications to God Almighty and also asking for mercy in order to save the country from the deadly Ebola virus.

She said that the fight against the Ebola virus cannot be successful without the intervention of the Lord who she described as the only solution to the problem that Liberia is currently faced with.

Madam Wollie noted that the fourteen days was a time of denial of their humanly feelings, and the things of the world in order to seek the face of the Lord on behalf of the people of Liberia noting that it was not an easy time but that it was worthy.

The National Network Coordinator for the West Africa Network for Peace-building disclosed that the fast and prayer will continue but not in the open as it was for the past fourteen days but rather be done at their various homes.

Madam Victoria Wollie however called on every Liberian to join the fight against the Ebola virus and put away their political differences.

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