District 6 Representative, Edwin Snowe
House Wants Independence Day Funds Used To Fight Ebola
Winnie T. Dixon, Intern
MONROVIA, July 11 (LINA) -The House of Representatives has forwarded to the Liberian Senate a proposal to use funds earmarked for the July 26 independence celebrations to fight the deadly Ebola disease in the country.
The Representatives suggested that after the Liberian Senate shall have endorsed the proposal all funds intended for the Independence Day celebrations will be transferred to the Ministry of Health to create the necessary environment to halt the spread of the killer virus.
According to the Liberia News Agency, the recommendation was contained in a report submitted by District 6 Representative, Edwin Snowe, on Thursday following its reading and unanimously endorsement by the House plenary.
Snowe stated that the Ebola situation “is very alarming and worrisome,” so the July 26 funds should also be used to purchase equipment, equip health workers and initiate programs to educate the general public on the disease.
“Hon. Ladies and Gentlemen, in addition to making the transfer, I ask your indulgence to substitute festivities of the day with prayers and fasting for the Nation, asking God to deliver our land from the Ebola disease,” Snowe said in the communication.
The Representative said the National Legislature recognizes the Executive Branch’s efforts by mobilizing regional and international aid in respect of taking actions that would contain the virus.
At the same time, the Liberian Senate Committee Chairman on Health, Dr. Peter Coleman, is calling on the churches and the media to play a critical role in the sensitization of citizens on the risk of being diagnosed of Ebola.
He made the call during regular sessions on Thursday, where he also disclosed that four new cases had been diagnosed in Lofa and Montserrado counties with no deaths reported.