Lofa County District #4 Representative, Mariamu B. Fofana
Lawmaker Urges More Ebola Civic Education In Lofa
By Wilfred Gortor and Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, July 24 (LINA)-A Lofa County lawmaker has called on the health ministry, chiefs and the Lofa County Legislative Caucus to place more emphasis on educating and informing the people of Lofa to take preventive measures against the deadly Ebola virus.
The Lofa County District #4 Representative, Mariamu B. Fofana, attributed the rapid spread of the Ebola virus in the country to multiple factors which must be collectively addressed by all Liberians.
She made the statement Thursday at the Ministry of Information weekly press briefing held in the ministry’s conference hall on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
The Lawmaker cited the cross-border activities between Liberia and Guinea as the primary factor that gave rise to the outbreak of the deadly virus in Lofa, saying, “the People of Lofa have to cross the Guinea border to trade goods and to buy goods as well, we cannot stop the trade but we must continue to educate them on how to prevent themselves from the virus.” she said.
According to Representative Fofana, people of Lofa and Liberia at large must take the universal step of self-preservation by not only guaranteeing self-safety but to see everyone as a suspected patient and avoid coming in close contact with people on a regular basis.
“I want to call on the Muslim community of Liberia and our traditional people to avoid the regular practice of performing the consistent funeral rites on people who may have been suspected of being killed by this virus. I also call on the health team to handle the situation so that another person will not get infected,” she noted.
Meanwhile, Representative Fofana has expressed concern over the Ministry of Health statistics which says 75 percent of the total Ebola mortality rate are females.
“In every crisis women are the most vulnerable people and the issue of Ebola affecting more women in Liberia cannot be left without sounding an alarm to protect our country and our mothers,”. she pointed out.
At the same time, the Lofa Lawmaker has disclosed that she is in close consultation with all members of the Lofa caucus, chiefs and health practitioners so as to galvanize resources and support the health and awareness team in the county.