LNCU Holds Ebola Awareness Seminar for Traditional Communicators

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The Liberia National Culture Union (LNCU) last Friday conducted a daylong seminar for traditional communicators on Ebola awareness in the country.

The seminar was intended to train members of the union on the prevention of the disease and how to disseminate information to people in Liberia’s various local languages.  Culture performances were also held during the seminar.

The program was held in the conference room of the Women in Peace Building Network (WIPNET) in Monrovia, under the theme: “Let’s Kick Ebola Out of Liberia.” It brought together over 100 participants from diverse cultural background in Liberia.

The Assistant Minister for Culture, Madam Louise W. McMillian, who spoke at the opening seminar, thanked the union for the role they are playing in this Ebola awareness campaign in the country.

“This is what our people need from us; we have to go out there to inform them about the danger of the virus and how to be on the safe side,”  she said.

According to Assistant McMillian, Liberians are still in denial of the Ebola virus. For this reason, everyone needs to join government in the awareness campaign.

“So, I am happy today see the Culture Union holding this daylong awareness campaign for traditional communicators in the country.”

Ms. McMillian told the participants that culture is a  way of life; therefore, we need to engage our traditional culture to spread the message about Ebola.

She urged the participants to make use of the training and go out there to inform others  about the danger of Ebola through culture.

Earlier, Kekura Kamara, president of the Liberia Culture Union, gave the overview of the program.  He  emphasized that it was important for the LNCU to conduct the Ebola awareness for traditional communicators in the country.

Mr.Kamara said that the government alone cannot fight the disease, but they have to join other partners in creating the awareness.

He noted that the messages that were given early during the outbreak of the virus, need to be revisited because they cause lot of panic among  our citizens.

Kamara continued: “We want to look at new ways to see how best we can use our cultural  activities to inform our people about the dangers of Ebola virus.”

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