One of the senatorial aspirants of Montserrado County in the coming special election, Miatta Fahnbulleh, has admitted that she fears another serious outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus if the election is to be held by December of this year.
Speaking to newsmen at her office in Monrovia yesterday, Madam Fahnbulleh said candidates would find it difficult to campaign in their various counties for fear of furthering the spread of the highly contagious virus.
“We are in the middle of one of the greatest epidemics of the 21st century, as described by our international partners and other health practitioners all over the world,” she said and added that other countries have suffered from their own epidemics, including the United States, but cures were found and those epidemics were eradicated.
Ms. Fahnbulleh said Liberia is for the first time experiencing such a deadly virus and to attempt to hold an election in the midst of the Ebola crisis would be contrary to the rules being preached by health authorities such as avoiding bodily contact, large gatherings, and frequently washing hands, among others.
“In campaigning, we have to congregate; our voters have to touch us and this will require us to put people together and explain to them how we will represent them,” she noted.
“I don’t understand the issue of (holding) elections now,” she declared.
According to the Montserrado County senatorial aspirant, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone did not need Ebola to realize that they have fragile or poor health systems that need to be built to standard.
“We are not afraid of saying that Ebola exposed the weak health system in Liberia,” said Ms. Fahnbulleh.
She acknowledged that these countries have gone through over ten years of civil crises and are coming back to democracy. There is a limit to what could be accomplished by any government coming through such crises in terms of infrastructural and human capacity development, she said.
The senatorial aspirant expressed thanks and appreciation to health workers and international partners for their relentless efforts in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and their help in putting Liberia back to a sense of stability.
She added that, “Liberian needs to continue to observe the preventive measures and avoid anything that would lead to more infections with the deadly virus.”