Ex-soccer star George Weah has produced a song to raise awareness about Ebola, the deadly disease ravaging West Africa.
Weah said he hopes the song will help stop the spread of Ebola, which has so far killed more than 3,000 persons in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Nearly 3,000 people have been infected with the disease, and health officials have said they are struggling to contain it.
"Let us all arise and come together to fight Ebola; Ebola is real," the lyrics of the song exhort. Experts say fear and misunderstanding of Ebola have led many to ignore medical advice, fueling the disease's spread. Some even doubt the disease's existence.
Weah said Liberia's Health Ministry asked him to join their efforts to raise awareness, so he worked with the Ghanaian musician, Sidney, to record the song. Proceeds from sales will go to the Liberian Health Ministry.
Weah said he feared that if not enough support and effort are forthcoming quickly the disease would spread beyond the four countries.
"I know Africa will be greatly affected if we don't take it seriously," he said.
Weah, the former Liberian soccer player, who is now at the head of the association, "Ebola Emergency France", said that the Ebola epidemic "is killing the fabric of the Liberian society."
He called on African footballers to commit to the fight against the Ebola epidemic which has swept through West Africa.
Weah spoke Tuesday about his involvement in the campaign against the outbreak which strongly affects Liberia, where over 413 deaths have been recorded.
He called for more awareness about the epidemic, which he said, was an undeniable reality. AP