The Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, on December 12, 2014 confirmed that the risk of contracting Ebola is on the decrease. This, he said, is attributed to the tireless efforts made by the Government of Liberia, as well as non-government organizations and members of the international community.
“As the Ebola crisis continues to decrease in the country, members of the Ebola Burial Team need to be remembered not only as health workers but as heroes,” Minister Dukuly declared.
He said that the burial team had played a significant role in the fight against the virus and should be encouraged and appreciated, especially since they stand at a high risk of getting in contact with infected persons.
“As we all know, since the outbreak of the virus people have been talking about the nurses and doctors who have fallen prey to the epidemic, as well as others still in the fight. Unfortunately not much attention has been paid to the Burial Team, which I think we need to consider. Those young men are risking their lives on a daily basis and it is only too fair to be grateful for their efforts.”
He encouraged citizens to continue all the necessary preventive measures, as specified by the Ministry of Health and its partners, adding that Ebola is real and is still in the country. He said complacency and failure to take precautionary measures could lead to yet another outbreak.
The fight against the Ebola virus needs to be done collectively if Liberia must win the battle against a viral disease that has claimed the lives of thousands of our people. “The Ebola fight is more than just a government thing. Rather, it is a situation in which we should all get involved, beginning from our family level.”
He lauded the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Carter Center for being supportive, stressing that partnership at the local and international levels is essential to the fight against the Ebola virus.
Meanwhile, Min. Dukuly has condemned all act of elections violence, and called on political leaders to exercise tolerance in the upcoming Special Senatorial Election.
Also speaking to journalists was Deputy Internal Affairs Minister, Varney Sirleaf, who said that his Ministry received US$484,000 to enhance the fight against the virus; and not seventy thousand as indicated by some media entities.
Minister Sirleaf said that US$150,000 was allotted to set up the cremation site for Ebola bodies; while US$16,000 was used to build two pumps in the Johnsonville Community, owing to the lack of safe drinking water there.
As part of the fight against the Ebola virus, Montserrado, Bomi, Bong, Nimba and Lofa were chosen by the Ministry as a result of the high risk of infection faced by the three counties. Special attention was paid to these regions and the balance funds are being kept for unforeseen circumstances.
Meanwhile the Ministry is expected to decentralize its activities in the various counties across the country, in order for rural dwellers to have easy access to its activities.