The Liberia Crusaders for peace (LCP) in collaboration with the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has officially launched Ebola prevention sensitization and awareness campaign in five counties.
The awareness and sensitization campaign were launched in Montserrado, Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Bomi counties.
The chief launcher of the campaign, Sister Mary Lauren Brown described the launch as a major awareness campaign that will enhance the national fight against the Ebola pandemic.
The campaign was officially launched on Tuesday September 9, 2014 in Monrovia and is to last for two weeks. The launcher is the Board Chairperson at the FDA.
Sister Mary Lauren, who is the president of Catholic run Stella Maris Polytenic, said that the Ebola plaque has caused severe casualties and socio-economic destructions for the nation and continues to threaten the fabric of existence.
Sister Brown also noted that although reports’ emanating from health and state authorities speak of progress in the fight against Ebola, it is clear that the virus continues to infect “many of our compatriots.”
“it is against this backdrop that the FDA with the full support of its Board of Directors collaborating with other partners including Fauna and Flora International(FFI) and the LCP as implementing partner, is today launching this community based awareness campaign on the prevention of Ebola. The campaign we launch today will be carried out in the densely populated counties of Montserrado, Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Bomi counties.”
She further indicated that the campaign will include interpersonal communication in communities, at market places, Agriculture sites, and entertainment centers as well as the airing of Ebola prevention jingles, social mobilization of community outreach with preventative messages on Ebola.
Sister Lauren Brown disclosed that FDA and partners anticipate that the community based Ebola awareness initiative will scale up knowledge about the reality of Ebola awareness in Liberia and its crippling impact as seen from the number of lives that have been lost.
She stated that the number of suspected and confirmed cases that are being recorded, and the overall socio economic shock being experienced as a result of the Ebola epidemic are alarming.
FDA’s Acting Managing Director, Harrison Karnwea, Sr. in a remark at the occasion called on Liberians to join the fight against the deadly Ebola virus by taking all preventive measures.
He said taking preventive measures will help protect the lives of people and their love ones.
He said, the government’s effort to stop marketers from selling or eating bush meat is also an effort to fight Ebola and “Any one caught selling or eating bush meat will be arrested by the Liberia National Police.
“Please understand that the reason of the government, especially the FDA efforts to stop citizens from selling and eating bush meat are because Ebola comes from those animals. Let’s stop burying dead bodies and eating bush meats.”
Director Karnwea also warned Liberians against killing animals from forest, stating that the FDA is conserving part of the forest so that other generation will have access to the forest.
At the same time the Executive Director of Liberian Crusaders for Peace, Amb. Juli Endee, called on Liberians to stop the selling and eating of bush meat in the country.
She said the eating of bush meats is a great danger to the lives of the Liberian people.
Ambassador Endee disclosed that due to the danger of the deadly Ebola virus which is claiming more lives in Liberia; several countries have turned their backs on Liberians.
LCP Boss assure the FDA and its partners that they will do all they can to have messages of Ebola in the counties by carrying on community base awareness.