MESSENGERS OF PEACE

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We received the news of a new case of Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia with trepidation. Is Liberia ready for the next outbreak? How would we manage the next outbreak and what lessons have we learnt from the last outbreak in order for us to effectively control our borders.

Advanced technology has made it possible to be in every place of the world within a single day’s journey. We have seen the devastating effects resulting from the spread of EVD, Cholera and most recently MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome).

The quest for peace and a sustained Ebola free environment can only be accomplished when every Liberian lives in safety, when everyone lives under their own climbing plant and under their own yard.

Over the past weeks, we have been inundated with rumors of possible resurge of Ebola virus which continues to be a looming threat to every citizen. If a gunshot is fired in the forest of Grand Geddeh, it would be heard in the streets of Monrovia.

According to Ban Ki-moon, “All of your investments, all of the sacrifices and lives lost, and all of the risks that the relief workers took would be squandered if the outbreak recurs”. He went on to say
“We need you to persist in supporting the region in getting to a resilient zero cases and then beginning to recover”.

We cannot agree more than expressed by the UN-Secretary General. According to the declaration at the G7 submit three weeks ago, the focus in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease should be on strengthening health system through bilateral programmes, and multilateral structures. If we are to succeed in preventing future outbreaks in Liberia we will need the support and cooperation of everyone.

We need to enforce rigorous surveillance measure in the country through patrolling hot spots on the coastal as well as land frontiers where port health authorities could be strengthened to prevent entry of new cases into the country.

We take this opportunity to encourage every Liberian, particularly youths to adhere to international health regulations, travel and health protocols, especially when travelling to neighboring countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone, we must draw from our mistakes and challenges of our health, education and public information systems.

We must at the same time be mindful of the health care needs of migrants, refugees, families straddling between countries and international traders coming into Liberia from neighboring but affected countries.

We must teach young people to live in peace, we must try to instill in them the idea that humanity is a unified community despite cultural differences,’’ UNESCO Secretary General Irina Bokova said. ‘’We are the ones responsible for turning cultural diversity into a source of power.’’

Peace in Liberia, especially as we cope with the aftermath of and a resurgence of the Ebola Epidemic remains fragile and concerning. Our Ebola Educates programme continues and we seek your support.

Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates: Cleanliness and Sanitation-”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.

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