4 September 2014

Liberians Doubt Taskforce's Ability to Win Ebola War

As of yesterday, the Ebola related death rate stood at 1,015 in spite of huge local and international material and financial interventions, with Liberians expressing massive frustration in the way things are proceeding, blaming the Special Task Force for lacking the wherewithal to nip the virus in the butt.

Liberians' expression of resounding frustration was made translucently clear during a talk show on a local radio station where they lambasted the government and its setup Special Ebola Taskforce for "doing little, taking less proactive actions, or nothing" in quelling the virus, thereby stopping the indiscriminate passing of Liberians.

As things appear to be, Liberians who managed to put their calls through during the call-in popular talkshow said the Taskforce was not winning the war against the deadly virus.

In spite of the involvement of three institutions including the National Ebola Taskforce, Call Center at the General Services Agency and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the many callers said the Ebola war was being lost completely, even-though they have hailed the altruistic efforts of Montserrado County District #13 Representative Saah H. Joseph.

The lawmaker has put at the disposal of the Ebola taskforce two ambulances he brought into country from the United States to help residents of his district.

The ambulances have become very visible in every district, picking up either sick or dead Ebola related Liberians.

Some of the concerned Liberians such as Thomas Greaves who called from called from farway Owensgrove in Grand Bassa County said the government was so weak to the extent that it is unable to win the war.

One of the reasons why he thinks the government is not winning the Ebola was is the level of inordinate greediness that has spiraled since the outbreak of the virus amongst those in the forefront of leading the national efforts.

Having confidence and trust in the government and the way it conducts the state of affairs has been the order of the day far before the emergence of the fatal virus, but the scale of the Ebola situation has reignited such crisis, and it is perhaps against the backdrop Mr. Greaves has indicated that "government officials along with their friends are only noted for eating the country's money."

As initial steps to halt the spread of the virus, the Liberian government made available US$5 million but the amount, according to authorities, have been exhausted, meaning that the government has to look down deep into the coffers.

But the frustrated caller said "They came to decrease the coffers of the Liberian people because the US$5 million which was allocated by the government has taken and put into their pockets."

"The same behavior that orchestrated chaos and confusion and brought the country to its knees is glaring as the Unity Party-led government seems to be treading similar path, evident by marginalization of majority of the people who are hungry, frustrated and obviously angry."

"We are gradually losing the war because there is no proper strategy put into place to combat the Ebola virus," the caller Greaves said what many Liberians are saying in their little corners every day.

He suggested the way he thinks the money should have been expended, saying "as part of such strategy, the money should have been used by health workers and contact tracers working along with the National Ebola Taskforce to go from house to house, from county to county to conduct test and pick up those diagnosed with the virus and are given special care at the ETU (Ebola treatment units) or holding centers."

Greaves tried as much as possible to take the lid off President, blaming those on the National Ebola Taskforce as not doing well for her and the people of Liberia because "there will be nothing good that history will show after her regime shall have elapsed,"

Another caller, Sadiatu Williams of Caldwell, New Georgia extoled Rep. Saah Joseph of the Congress for Democratic (CDC) as the only loyal Liberian that is using all of his resources to fight this virus because "all of the methods instituted by the government are not helping at all."

Also caller Melias Z, Sheriff buttressed Williams' eulogy of Rep. Joseph, saying all the rest are people in power are there to exploit the Liberian people.

Caller Sheriff said the Ebola outbreak has rather exposed the weakness of the government because "it has manifested an unprecedented high level of corruption evident by a weak healthcare delivery system."

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