The government of Liberia, through the Internal Affairs Ministry, has commended the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) for its role and timely intervention in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) at a time when the entire country was at a standstill and being ravaged by the virus.
Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly said the LNRCS deserves much praise and recognition for its resilience and the significant roles it has played and continues to play. This has definitely helped in stabilizing the scourge in Liberia, he declared.
In his remarks yesterday at the opening of the 48th Mid-term session of the General Assembly (GA) of the LNRCS, Minister Dukuly said the Red Cross should be credited for taking up and executing with efficiency and due care, the most tedious and risky mandate under the National Taskforce on Ebola, which has to do with the management of Ebola dead bodies.
Hosted at the Stephen Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church conference hall in Monrovia, the two-day General Assembly brings together chapter heads of the National Society and other delegates from the various counties. The mid-term session is being held under the theme: “Working Together for Humanity.”
The LNRCS, at a meeting of national stakeholders convened and chaired by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the chair of the newly established National Taskforce on Ebola was mandated to take on that aspect of the fight. This was after the National Society, through its Secretary General, Fayiah Tamba, had volunteered the services of the society.
Minister Dukuly declared that the Red Cross’ robust efforts in mobilizing volunteers to engage in the most risky aspect in the Ebola fight— collecting and burying Ebola corpses from the streets and communities, signifies leadership and heroism.
He said the institution took up the task and effectively executed its mandate in spite of being handicapped by limited resources and logistical constraints.”
“From the initial stage of the fight, the LNRCS was overwhelmed as it was called upon to bury over one hundred Ebola corpses a day,” he said.
Thanking the Red Cross family for taking up the dangerous task, he noted how contagious the body of an Ebola victim is, saying the Red Cross and its team of volunteers still took up the challenge.
The LNRCS secretary general said "It is no time for anyone of us to drop our arms. It is no time for us to become complacent," Mr. Fayiah emphasized admonishing that “as the numbers are reducing, let us not reduce our energy and efforts.”
He also noted that his institution is scaling up its nationwide activities in terms of the number of volunteers and new communities in order to reach a significant portion of the country’s population in support of the Government’s efforts to eradicate the virus.
The president of the LNRCS, Emmanuel Kparh, officially declaring the session open asserted that no voluntary or humanitarian organization in Liberia makes a difference in the lives of the vulnerable as compared to the LNRCS.
Mr. Kparh noted that during the assembly delegates are updated on the activities and operations of LNRCS as well as its challenges in providing humanitarian interventions in the Ebola fight.
“It is the hope of this administration that at the end of the meeting, delegates will formulate a national policy direction to be used by the society in strategic areas for the next two years,” said Mr. Kparh.