With less than two years to the end of the current administration, politicians in the Liberian Senate on Capitol Hill in Monrovia are seeking financial autonomy.
Out of the fear of the fear of the deadly Ebola virus disease, the doors of most private and public medical facilities in Liberia are either virtually closed or operating at a low scale. Even though many cases of deaths, especially during the current Ebola crisis, may largely be attributed to the poor healthcare delivery system or fear of Ebola, the attitudes of some health workers toward patients may also be a contributing factor.
The death toll of Ebola victims has now reached 3,083, while there are 6,553 cases. The figures are based on information provided on September 23 by the Ministries of Health in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone- the countries most impacted by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia told world leaders at the United Nations last week that at least 85 of Liberia's more than 1,700 Ebola victims were healthcare workers. Despite their vulnerability due to the risk they take in attending to suspected and confirmed Ebola patients at the treatment centers in the country, very little appreciation seems to be characterizing the dangerous work health workers are currently doing.
Article 15 of the Liberian Constitution gives Liberians certain basic rights, including FREEDOM OF SPEECH and that of the PRESS with responsibilities. Since President Sirleaf’s incumbency, this Constitutional provision continues to be adequately utilized, especially through radio phone-in talk shows and other forums.
Sadly, when attempts are all focused on winning the battle against the deadly Ebola virus disease across Liberia, there were also distractions in certain quarters. Nimba County in the north of the country continues to showcase itself as the point of distraction at the peak of the war against Ebola. Leaders of Nimba may seem not to be too concerned about the more than four Hundred, fifty thousand lives to protect against the deadly Ebola virus, but the continuous “greed for power and cash.”
Nothing more perhaps could have moved United States First Lady Michelle Obama to come to Liberia, a tiny West African nation with dysfunctional or hardly existing infrastructure, in her crusade for girls education than her own humble beginning as a colored girl in America raised in a one room brick bungalow on the South Side of Chicago.
The Special Presidential Task Force set up by President Ellen Johnson-Sirlea to probe a Global Witness Report linking some top public officials to corruption now have an added responsibility.
By now, well-meaning Liberians of all walks of life owe heartfelt gratitude to U.S President Barrack Obama and the American people for the manner and form they are intervening in the current health crisis with which they are confronted.
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been regarded deadliest ever to date. The World Health Organization or WHO has even declared the current outbreak of the disease- a viral illness of which the initial symptoms can include a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain and a sore throat, as an international health emergency, owing to its high and growing fatalities of more than 2,461 deaths up to mid-September in the region. Of the 2,461 deaths in the region, Liberia has a total of 1, 424- a figure which concerns deaths in confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola, according to the latest update released midweek by the Liberian Ministry of health and Social Welfare.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, at the head of a Liberian Government delegation, is back in the country following a state visit to the State of Israel.