Renowned Liberian Businessman-turned politician Benoni Urey has urged commercial drivers and vehicle owners in the country to take Ebola serious and avoid taken sick people in their vehicle to various ETU.
“We need to avoid this disease and join the government to fight against the deadly Ebola virus that is claiming the lives of our citizens, Mr. Urey asserted.
Speaking last Friday at the official launch of an Ebola Taskforce of the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL), in Paynesville City, Mr. Urey said the fight against Ebola is a national cause that requires nationhood, not political loyalties.
Mr. Urey, who is also expected to contest for the 2017 Presidential election, said the very essence of Liberia is at stake and therefore President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf needs to have an effective team. The problem is not about politics but how to fight the virus, he declared.
"We need a leader that can control the situation above ministerial positions, inclusive of real medical and other key technocrats. We need patriots and not politicians to defeat Ebola" he told FRTUL leaders.
The current situation in Liberia, according to Mr. Urey, is not about politicizing but about the country and therefore it should be the concern of everybody to play a role that will yield positive results and help win the war against Ebola.
Hear Mr. Urey: Ebola is highly contagious and very deadly, “We must try to take all precautionary measures to protect ourselves from body contact.”
The 2017 Presidential hopeful urged the public, especially commercial drivers, to lend their full cooperation in this all important health emergency, noting that commercial drivers also transport the virus from one destination to another.
The Liberian businessman went on to say that when the Ebola outbreak started in Liberia, people said that “we were politicizing the whole issues but today here it is, it’s has gone beyond our limits, to the extent that we cannot even fight this battle alone.”
The virus has cause tremendous and unbelievable loss of many innocent lives in Liberia, Mr. Urey lamented.
He continued: “We suffered unnecessary setbacks from our failures to adhere to alarms raised by the media and suggestions made that Lofa should be given special attention when this Ebola outbreak was centered there.”
“Don’t allow sick person get in your vehicle, and even if they enter, sprayed in the entire car, Urey admonished the drivers.
He advised commercial drivers in the country to be careful how they go about taking passengers.
For her part, Una Kumba Thompson, former Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, underscore the need for everyone to the join in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia.
According to Mrs. Thompson, Ebola does not pick or choose and has no boundary. “Therefore, we as patriotic Liberians need to join the government to fight this global health crisis.”
She told the FRTUL members that government cannot fight the virus alone but needs the collectively efforts of all Liberians, especially the commercial drivers who lives are at risk. So they, too, should join the fight and say that “Ebola is Real.”
The former Deputy Minister said the Ebola is not the concern of the President alone, but all citizens of our beloved country.
Earlier in his welcome remarks, William P. Flomo, president general and chairman of the Taskforce, said the initiative is designed to combat the dreadful Ebola virus within the transport sector.
According to Mr. Flomo, the rationale behind the operation is to make it possible to minimize body contacts, which most times takes place in overloaded vehicles, especially buses, since the main mode of transmission of the Ebola virus is through coming into contact with body fluids of affected persons.
Mr. Flomo said the battle against the Ebola virus disease is above all politics, tribe and other compatriot differences.