The Liberian Bankers Association (LBA) has advised the public to comply with Ebola preventive measures announced by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the World Health Organization (WHO) to save more lives and avoid pointing accusing fingers at government and health officials. The Association’s president, Mr. John B. S. Davies, III, told a local phone-in Talk Show on Wednesday morning that Ebola is real. He warned that defeating the virus requires the collective involvement of all Liberians by adhering to and implementing the preventive measures.
Mr. Davies, who is also president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), expressed disappointment with the international response to the Ebola crisis. He criticized the international community for doing very little to fight and defeat the Ebola epidemic.
He called for resounding and affirmative international response to fight Ebola in Liberia and in the sub-region warning that the virus is gradually creeping to a disaster.
“We need resounding and affirmative international response from the international community on this Ebola crisis. As we all can see, disaster is gradually creeping into Liberia and the sub-region,” said the LBA president.
He, however, appreciated the minimum assistance from the international community thus far, but noted that lots more needed to be done to handle the crisis because the Ebola virus is a very new disease to the country’s health system.
The LBA boss also warned against public distrust in government policies, which he observed, is undermining the fight against the Ebola crisis at local level.
“This crisis is new to us, but I still have the belief that it is not late for us as a people to fight and defeat the virus. But public distrust is also hurting our resolve to win the war against the Ebola virus because some people are politicking the situation and don’t want to adhere measures. And this, alone, is undermining ‘our’ efforts to stop the spread of the virus,” said Mr. Davies.
Some section of the public has criticized the government for its poor handling of the Ebola outbreak as the virus continues to claim more lives in the country. According to the latest WHO data, Liberia has the highest number of Ebola-related fatalities in West Africa accounting for over 1,220 deaths of the nearly 2,400 deaths in the sub-region.
The WHO has announced that the virus has infected over 4,000 in West Africa warning that it would infect over 20,000 people in the sub-region if international response is delayed. Many Liberians feel that the government is doing little to save lives amidst huge deaths and increase in new cases.
Ebola treatment centers within the compounds of the ELWA and John F. Kennedy hospitals, are overwhelmed with patients.
But the LBA boss noted that the Ebola virus is a strange disease that the government and the country’s health sector was never prepared to handle.