Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter Gwenigale
“Get Rid Of Denial and Resistance,” Dr. Gwenigale Urges Liberians
By Prince Nagbe & Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, July 24 (LINA) – The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, has called on Liberians to stop denying the existence of Ebola in the country and avoid resisting health workers from carrying out the fight against the disease.
According to Dr. Gwenigale, the act of denial and resistance on the part of many Liberians is responsible for the rapid spread of the disease, noting, “this has caused the lives of about 12 health workers, while several of them are currently sick”.
The Ministry of Health Boss made the statement at the Ministry of Information regular weekly press briefing on Thursday in Monrovia.
Dr. Gwenigale also disclosed that the act of being afraid of being isolated and hiding the disease or hiding people with the disease as well as internal migration of Liberians from one place to another are other serious reasons for the spread of Ebola.
According to Dr. Gwenigale, the fight against the deadly Ebola virus requires the collective effort of all Liberians, especially those in authority, such as lawmakers, superintendents, chiefs as well as religious and traditional leaders; pointing out that the “Ministry of Health authority alone cannot cure the disease, but it requires the efforts of all Liberians”.
He used the occasion to call on the religious community, especially Muslims, to avoid washing the bodies of their dead relatives suspected of being Ebola victims as that is one of the easiest ways that the disease spreads rapidly.
Gwenigale also called on Liberians to stop stoning MOH vehicles and workers in an effort to stop them from burying victims of Ebola in community’ cemeteries where these people have lived prior to their death; noting “burying Ebola victims in cemeteries poses no threats to their lives”.
He also cautioned Liberians to stop resisting health practitioners from spraying the homes of victims of Ebola as doing so has the propensity of rapidly spreading the disease.
Meanwhile, Dr.Gwenigale has called on residents of the King Gray Community in ELWA to call off their strike action opposing the construction of a treatment center in the area as it poses no threat to their lives as long they do not enter the center to come in contact with an infected person.
Few days ago, placard brandishing residents of the King Gray Community called for a halt to the construction of an Ebola treatment center in the area, claiming that it will pose a serious threat to their lives.