The Lutheran Church in Liberia on Thursday launched an initiative to buttress the Government of Liberia’s fight against the spread of malaria in the country. The Lutheran Church emphasized the use of mosquito nets as one of the surest ways to prevent malaria, which has led to many deaths here.
Meanwhile, the Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, Rev. Dr. D. Jensen Seyenkulo, said the Church took up the challenge because of the country’s alarming infant mortality rate, noting that after every sixteen seconds a child dies of malaria in the country. Bishop Seyenkulo said the dreadful statistics prompted the initiative by the Church.
Speaking at the launch, Assistant Health Minister for Purity and Preventive Care, Tolbert Nyesua, who represented the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, said the ministry will continue to support the Lutheran Church for undertaking the great initiative to save lives.
He said the Lutheran Church in Liberia has been in partnership with the Health Ministry through the Phebe Hospital in Bong County, which was established by the Church. Nyesua noted that the malaria launch has fitted in the ministry’s strategic plan for malaria control in Liberia.
On behalf of Co-launcher, Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan B. B. Hart, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, the Executive Officer of the Liberia Council of Churches and Presiding Elder, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. David A. B. Parker said, the Bible speaks highly of children so the Church considers it a duty to help protect children from sickness.