Ebola Measure: LFA Suspends Football Activities

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Former LFA president Musa Bility

The Liberia Football Association has, with immediate effect, ordered the suspension of all football activities throughout the country to enhance the campaign to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

LFA president Musa Bility said prevention of the spread of the disease has become a dilemma, and all means necessary have to be introduced to augment the efforts of the Ministry of Health..

He said one cardinal measure the LFA has resolved to employ is to cease football activities, considering that football is a contact sport, and that Ebola is spread through bodily contact with infected persons.

He said officials at schools, communities 4th-1st divisions; LONA and ISSA are to observe the measure pending full control of the outbreak. As previously scheduled, the LFA has until the first week of October to begin its 2014/2015 inter-county league.

The LFA decision, according to the release was handed down at the end of its Executive Committee meeting over the weekend.

The LFA has also reached a decision to maintain a skeleton staff as part of its measure to fight the spread of the disease. Effective Monday July 28, 2014, Bility said, more than half of the LFA workforce will remain at home, pending the improvement on the current state of affairs.

Meanwhile, the doors of the LFA will remain open to VIP appointments and issues relating to the running of football. However, hygienic measures will apply to all at its headquarters on Benson Street.

Bility urged the Liberian government to be vigilant and robust in having individuals, families and communities abide by preventive measures in order to halt the spread of the virus.

Liberia has now recorded 127 deaths with the latest being the head doctor of the country's leading referral JFK, Samuel Brisbane, who succumbed to the virus on Saturday, July 26, Independence Day.

Ebola is spread through bodily contact, from person to person if a person comes into contact with a contaminated person, object or by eating an infected animal. A deceased person with Ebola can still transmit the virus.

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