At least 67 Christian denominational leaders have agreed to provide hand washing buckets at their churches in order to prevent the virus. They also pledged to work with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and partners in reporting suspected Ebola cases within their communities and churches.
These religious leaders are joining the fight in the wake of persistent reports from the Health Ministry that some Christian leaders, especially pastors and “praying mothers” are hiding suspected persons within their churches in the name of praying for those persons to recover from whatever sicknesses that they might be suffering from.
Speaking on behalf of him and his colleagues after a one-day workshop held at the MoHSW, Catholic Archbishop Lewis Ziegler made a passionate plead to the public, including the Christian Community, to see the Ebola outbreak as a national emergency. He said Christians should not doubt the reality of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia but should instead work closely with the Health Ministry and partners in containing the spread of the virus which has claimed lives and continues to affect the health of Liberians.
The Catholic Archbishop further urged the public to stop the state of denial and limit contacts with bodies of people infected, died or suspected of dying of Ebola. He also appealed to the public against performing the usual religious, traditional and other burial rites for those dying or suspected of dying of Ebola because these practices expose those taking part in them to the virus.
Meanwhile, the MoHSW has reported that the deadly Ebola Virus has now spread its tentacle to Bomi, which is the fourth county to fall within grasp of the disease. In Bomi, which is on the highway to neighboring Sierra Leone, one of the hardest hit countries in the Mano River Union (MRU), has reported one confirmed death from the virus.
Bomi now follows Lofa, Montserrado and Margibi counties, where the virus has taken at least 46 lives since the outbreak was reported March 22, 2014 to present.
The disease spread through physical contact with victim. The virus also spreads sweat, saliva, blood by touching the vomit or urine of somebody who is sick with Ebola. Other means through which the disease spread include handshakes, kissing, and direct contact with body fluids of infected or dead persons or animals.