Educator Says Denial Hurts Efforts to Curb Ebola

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As the fight against the deadly Ebola continues, the director-general of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE), Dr. Michael Slawon, has observed that continuous denial of the existence of Ebola in some quarters across the country is seriously hampering government’s efforts to contain the disease.

Dr. Slawon stressed the need for all Liberians, irrespective of status or geographical background, to accept the fact the virus exists and collectively join the fight to contain it.

According to him, acceptance, it would be one of the surest ways to rid the country of the Ebola virus, adding, “Ebola is real and it is killing Liberians in their numbers on a daily basis.”

Dr. Slawon said Liberians must by now begin to abide by and apply preventive measures put in place by the Health and Social Welfare authorities and international partners if Ebola must be wiped out of the country.

He made the observation Wednesday when he distributed several anti-Ebola materials, including buckets, cartons of chlorine, Clorox, sanitizers and other disinfectants to the Kpelleh Town Community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.

He said that items he distributed represented the Commission’s way of identifying with residents of the several other communities and around Monrovia as part of preventive measures in the ongoing fight against the Ebola virus.

In a related development, two leading youth groups, the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), and the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU), have appealed to the government to include their institutions in the fight against Ebola.

In a recent interview with reporters, the presidents of both groups said their involvement in containing the virus across the country is paramount as they constitute the vast majority of youth and student groupings in the country.

Messrs. Augustine Tamba of FLY, and Varney Jersey of LINSU, indicated that sensitization as well as contact tracing are tasks that the two groups could get involved with, as these are tedious tasks that require youthful engagement.

The duo added that their involvement in the process would further help in getting the youth population adequately involved as “grassroots and community-based” bodies.

They observed that most youths are not involved in the ongoing fight due to the absence of their direct representation from both FLY and LINSU.

As such, they urged that the government sees reason to support them in order to curb the virus.

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