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Liberia Observes World Health Day
MONROVIA, April 6 (LINA) - As Liberia joins the global community in observing World Health Day, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared Tuesday, April 7, as a Working Holiday throughout the country.
According to the Proclamation, Liberia as a founding member of the World Health Organization (WHO) will join other member states in observance of the Day under the Theme: “How Safe is Your Food? From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe.”
The Proclamation calls on all hospitals, clinics, medical centers and schools as well as the citizenry throughout Liberia to cooperate with the Ministry of Health and the resident Office of the WHO in executing appropriate programs befitting the occasion.
A Foreign Ministry release says this year’s celebration will focus on food safety as a critical public health area.
The proclamation added that this year’s celebration is to call upon governments, manufacturers, retailers and the public to protect consumers from the risks of food poisoning and food-borne diseases.
The release indicated that unsafe food can lead to a range of health problems, including viral diseases, such as Ebola which has been linked to contaminated bush meat.
Each year, the World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 to mark the anniversary of the founding of the WHO, the proclamation added.