The fear of the deadly Ebola virus has forced the House of Representatives to suspend its Extra Ordinary Sitting for Tuesday, September 16, 2014.
According to a statement issued from the House’s Press Bureau, leadership of the House took the decision based “on medical advice.” “The House Chambers and surrounding offices are expected to be disinfected due to a probable case of Ebola,” the statement said.
“Members and chamber staff have been asked to stay away for 48 hours after the fumigation. “The Chief Clerk of the House, Madam Mildred Siryon, has been instructed to communicate the House’s decision to the Liberian Senate. The House took the decision after one of the Chamber’s doorkeepers, Captain James Morlu suddenly died.
According the House Press Director Isaac Redd, the late Capt. Morlu was briefly ill, but medical authorities are yet establish the cause of death. Based on the probability of Ebola related, the House decided to suspend regular sitting until the House’s wing of the Capitol Building is fully disinfected.
Morlu was an active member of the security system in the handling of the Chamber, meaning that during session; he interacted with lawmakers and other staffers regularly and his death raises more concerns about safety in the building. Said information has since created fear among lawmakers vowing for an immediate investigation into Morlu’s death in order to help save the lives of many people who are moving in and out of the legislative seat.
Meanwhile, the House renews it mandate for essential staff to show up for work. “Restrictions remain enforced for visitors and those who have absolutely no reason(s) to visit the Capitol Building,” Redd said.