Former two time presidential candidate and ex-political leader of the opposition Liberty Party (LP), Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, has for the first time spoken since the Ebola outbreak on the prevailing health and political crises in Liberia, warning that the country is under threats as a result of the current Ebola outbreak, which he described as a troubling situation, and called on Liberians to take all preventive measures against the virus very seriously.
Cllr. Brumskine says it’s time everyone, including religious communities, politicians and ordinary Liberians take serious measures on the prevention of the disease, saying, the issue is not about politics but a national health situation that all Liberians need to fight. Cllr. Brumskine gave the advice over the weekend when he addressed a news conference at the Brumskine Law Firm in Congo Town, opposite the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, suburb of Monrovia.
He said that it is time everyone, including religious community, politicians and ordinary Liberians take serious measures on the prevention of the disease, noting that the issue is not about politics but a national health situation that all Liberians need to fight. The renowned Liberian lawyer informed the citizens that Ebola is real and there is no need for people to joke about it or politicize the situation rather, citizens should come together through a national prayer and seek God’s divine intervention to drive away the deadly virus.
The LP ex-leader urged Liberians not to panic about the Ebola situation, emphasizing that the disease will go out of the country as soon as the nation allows the Father of creation through devoted and committed prayers and adhering to the prescribed preventive measures by health authorities.
Cllr. Brumskine warned that more lives could be lost if preventive measures, community awareness exercises, the provision of preventive health materials to health workers coupled with national prayer from the citizens are not engaged, noting that when one person is affected of the deadly Ebola, the entire country could be affected.
Brumskine called on Zoes, Christian and Muslims communities and other religious organizations in the country to join the fight against the deadly Ebola disease through prayers for the safety of the citizens. He also pledged support of Liberty Party against the Ebola fight, saying that the party will support the fight in any manner be it through human capacity support or financial strength.
Meanwhile, Cllr. Brumskine has advanced several recommendations to the government, among them calling for the appointment of a full time coordinator for the National Task Force announced by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf which, according to him, the Co-Chairs of the Task Force- President Sirleaf and Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly have their national duties and may not be actively involved in the Task Force exercises.
He wants the government to also intensify its campaign messages against the fight of the Ebola disease in simple education on radio and television stations across the country, informing the citizens on how to prevent the virus, while stressing the need to intensify efforts to secure adequate international support, particularly from the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations and other partners to successfully fight the spread of the virus in the country.
Cllr. Brumskine further recommended that the Legislature adopts a resolution binding its members to return to their respective counties and constituencies during their upcoming break to inform and educate the people about the preventive measure against the deadly Ebola disease.
Concluding Cllr. Brumskine commended international partners, including Christian Charity Samaritan Purse, the Federal Government of Nigeria, the U.S Center for Disease Control (CDC) and its Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and Worlds Health Organization (WHO) for their level of support and efforts in helping to prevent the spread of the disease.