- Search Results
Chiefs, Elders Want Role On Ebola Task Forces
Date Uploaded: Oct 05, 2014

Chief Zanzan Karwor, head of the traditional leaders





Chiefs, Elders Want Role On Ebola Task Forces

By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, October 5, (LINA) - Traditional chiefs and elders have called on government to include them on Ebola task forces and empower them with logistics and finance to undertake community outreach initiatives.

They made the statement in a 10-point resolution at the end of a four-day consultative meeting under the auspices of the Carter Center held in Gbarnga, Bong County, on Saturday.

The resolution was signed by heads of chiefs from all 15 counties, approved by Chief Zanzan Karwor, head of the traditional leaders, and presented to Deputy Internal Affairs Minister for Operation, Ranney B. Jackson.

They committed themselves to joining the campaign to disseminate anti-Ebola messages in towns and villages to help curb the spread of the deadly virus.

The chiefs, according to the resolution, requested that the Government of Liberia train traditional midwives and youth volunteers in the management and handling of Ebola-related cases.

“The Government of Liberia must provide needed materials and financial support to all health facilities, including PPEs and ambulances for health workers, midwives, at county and district levels as a means to encourage these practitioners to return to work,” the resolution said.

It also called on government to consider the demand of health workers for risk incentives and increase in salary in order to strengthen the health sector in the fight against the Ebola virus.

The chiefs and elders asked government and its partners to provide mega phones and flyers to enable them disseminate Ebola messages in the language that the people the people understand. 

The traditional leaders called on government and its partners to set up testing and treatment centers at all major health facility in Liberia and provide food and counseling for quarantined communities and people as well as children of Ebola victims.

Following the presentation, Minister Jackson assured the chiefs that the document will be delivered to Internal Affairs Minister Morris M. Dukuly, but noted that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has ensured that taskforces at county and district levels include traditional leaders.

As its initial support to chiefs and elders, Carter Center distributed 75 pieces of mega phone and over 4,000 pieces of flyers to all 15 counties.

Carter Center Chief of Party, Pewee Flomoku, said Saturday distribution illustrates the Center’s preparedness to support the chiefs as they join in the fight to eradicate the Ebola virus from the country.



latest headlines
‘Decentralizatio One Of Biggest Legacies Of Gov’t’ - Official
Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf has described the decentralization program as one of the biggest legacies of the Ellen Johnson Si ...more
Tulay Vows To Ensure Independent LWSC County Sub-Stations
The Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), N. Hun-Bu Tulay, has promised to ensure that all county stations of the ...more
Supreme Court To Hear Argument in Sable Mining Case Friday
The Supreme Court of Liberia will begin hearing argument in the petition for the Writ of Certiorari filed against Judge Yamie Q. Gbeisay, assigne ...more
LWSC Boss Hails AfDB For US$8.3m To Rehabilitate Water Plant
The Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), N. Hun-Bu Tulay, has hailed the African Development Bank (AfDB) for maki ...more
AU Envoy Presents Accreditation To FM Kamara
Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara has received the Letters of Accreditation from the new Head of the African Union Liaison Office in Liberia, Mr. ...more
Gov’t Promises To Continue Robust Fight Against Fistula
The Liberian Government has promised to robustly continue the fight against Fistula in the country. ...more
All rights reserved © 2013 - 2014
Liberia News Agency