Senate Pro-tempore Gbehzongar Findly
Liberian Senate Stresses Need For State Of Emergency
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, April 1 (LINA) - Barely one day after Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale announced that two persons have tested positive with the Ebola virus in Liberia, the Liberian Senate has underscored the need for the declaration of a State of Emergency by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
The Senate said under the State of Emergency, the government should close its land borders with neighboring Guinea, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast until the situation is contained.
According to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), the Upper House made the recommendation during their deliberations in chambers on Tuesday, April 1.
The Senators noted that the declaration of a State of Emergency was necessary to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus throughout the country.
They mandated the leadership of the Liberian Senate to collaborate with the leadership of the House of Representatives, to meet with President Johnson-Sirleaf to explain to her the essence of the declaration of the State of Emergency.
The Liberian Senate emphasized that it was incumbent upon the Government of Liberia to take all preventive measures, to ensure that the deadly disease does not kill more of its citizenry.
On Monday, Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale told a news conference in Monrovia that two of the five blood samples sent to Lyons, France for testing have tested positive with the Ebola virus, resulting to the death of one person.
It was reported recently on by the international media that the Government of Senegal announced the closure of its border with Guinea due, to the outbreak of the Ebola disease in that Mano River Union state.