Assistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism Madam Louis McMillian
Culture Minister Wants Traditional Communicators In Ebola Fight
By Richard Stephens
MONROVIA October4 (LINA) - The Assistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism has called for the involvement of traditional communicators in the fight against the Ebola virus.
Madam Louis McMillian said the role of traditional communicators in the anti-Ebola fight cannot be overemphasized, adding that they could be used as foot soldiers to travel to places that are inaccessible to vehicles spreading the anti-Ebola message.
“With their involvement in this crisis, all Liberians irrespective of their localities would be sensitized about the virus,” she said at the opening of a one-day traditional communicators anti-Ebola awareness workshop organized by the Liberia National Cultural Union held in Sinkor Friday.
She said the fight against the virus demands the participation of every Liberian if the country must succeed against the disease.
McMillian then called on all cultural organizations in the country to take the lead in the anti-Ebola campaign in order to kick this disease out of Liberia speedily.
The President of the Liberia National Cultural Union, Kerkulah M. Kamara, called for more funding to the cultural information dissemination sector of Liberia.
He said the Ebola virus will continue to spread from one area to another if funds are not available for traditional communicators to reach out to the remotest parts of the country in order to sensitize Liberians in those areas.
Kamara recalled that the late President William R. Tolbert used traditional communicators to succeed in his mat-to-mattress campaign launched in the early 1970s, suggesting that government could use the same method to win the fight against the epidemic.