President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President Sirleaf Urges The Media To Join The Fight Against Ebola
By Prince Nagbe
MONROVIA, July 29 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on journalists and media institutions to join in the battle against the deadly Ebola virus that has engulfed the country.
According to the Liberian leader, the battle against the deadly disease is very serious because of denial, adding, “people do not admit that the disease is deadly and can kill them; they think that some people are telling a story or to do something bad to them”.
She made the statement Tuesday in an interview with journalists on the ground floor of the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia which currently hosts her offices following a joint press conference on the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit on.
President Sirleaf told journalists that this perception on the part of Liberians is not in the right direction, especially now that the Government has instituted a National Task Force to combat the disease; pointing out “Ebola is real, and we want you to help us carry this story”.
“People who are affected are running away; people with dead bodies are also running away. We want them to please understand that this will lead to a national disaster;” the President pointed out.
She said the Government will be releasing additional messages in addition to those announced after the first Task Force meeting, and is urging media practitioners to convey the message to everybody, noting “the media is very important in this war; if you join us in this partnership, we can try to address it adequately”.
The President also admonished journalists to sensitize Liberians involved in the attack against its partners such as Samaritan’s Purse and Medicins San’Frontiers who are helping to save lives; adding “tell them that this is wrong and they should stop”.