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Consultative Meeting Of Chiefs Will Impact Ebola Fight - Sackor
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, October 4 (LINA) - Former Deputy Internal Affairs minister Soko V. Sackor has express optimism that the ongoing consultative meeting of traditional chiefs and elders in Gbarnga has already solved 50 percent of the Ebola crisis.
He said bringing together of the traditional chiefs and elders amounts to bringing the entire country together, noting that anti-Ebola messages have already reach all parts of the country through this initiative.
Making remark Friday at a four-day consultative meeting organized by the Carter Center and partners, Mr. Sackor noted that the remaining 50 percent is for Liberians to follow preventive measures outline by the medical professionals.
“These chiefs and elders constitute a direct representation of the entire population who are capable of effectively and efficiently dealing with the Ebola situation in our country and all we need to do is to support and work with them,” he stressed.
Sackor then called on the chiefs and elders to go home making use of all available opportunities that will enable them end the spread of the virus.
In a related development, chief Zanzan Karwor has warn against assertions that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has violated traditional and cultural norms by allowing the burning of Ebola bodies, promising to address the matter at the appropriate time.
Nearly all chiefs making remark on Friday frown at the president’s decision to allow the cremation of Ebola bodies.
Meanwhile, the Carter Center Chief of Party, Pewee Flomoku, has urged participants to focus recommendations on empowerment they need from international partners to fight the Ebola disease.
He said focusing on traditional and cultural violations will not help the fight but strategizing means by which the Ebola situation can be transform will be in the interest of all.
“We did not call you here for blame game but to tell us what you are able to do and how we can support you to do what you want to do,” Flomoku stressed.
Friday’s gathering marked day-three of a consultative meeting that has brought traditional chiefs and elders from all 15 counties in the republic.