A lawmaker of the 53rd National Legislature, Ms. Mariamu B. Fofana, has called on communities across the country to help support the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia.
Speaking recently at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, the Lofa County Lawmaker said it was important for the communities to join the efforts to help support the Ministry of Health to curtail the virus.
“Instead of people taking family members, relatives, and friends to health centers to get further medications, they are now leaving the hospitals and other health centers and using the bush for African treatments to fight the virus contracted,” she disclosed.
She noted that people suspected of the virus in rural communities, especially counties recording Ebola cases such as Lofa, Bong, Nimba, Margibi, Bomi, Cape Mount and Montserrado, were taking people into the bush to herbalists for fear of being neglected by health workers.
She warned those involved in African treatments as a way of combating the epidemic virus, especially from Lofa County, to desist, as it was posing a serious challenge to the fight against Ebola being waged by the Health Ministry and other partners.
The Lofa County lawmaker called on the communities to report suspected cases of Ebola to ensure that the virus does not spread to other parts of the country to harm more communities and people.
According to Representative Fofana, one of the communities in Lofa County, Kwanubonue, experienced an unusual situation when 17 persons died in a 19-day period, all suspected of being affected by Ebola.
According to the Lawmaker, 75% of deadly Ebola virus victims in the country were women, including health practitioners who suffered the epidemic since its outbreak in March.
Madam Fofana: “Do not prevent the people from getting to or reaching testing areas and other centers in the country provided by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in the fight against the virus,” she asserted.
“If the communities can disclose suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus to health practitioners and the Ministry, “I want to say that we can stop the virus from reaching to other people and counties as well,” she noted.
According to Mariamu B. Fofana, “Taking the sick to the bush will increase the problem for other people who have not come across the virus. It is important for us to find the best way to fight the virus,” she said.