Liberia’s Information Minister Lewis Brown has described the recent action by Director General of the General Services Agency, Mary Broh to dishonor the anti-Ebola measures at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism as rude, disrespectful and a serious threat to the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.
Mary Broh had earlier described the anti-Ebola bucket at the Ministry as ‘unhygienic’ (dirty/filthy) and a possible means for the virus to be spread.
But Minister Brown said Director General Broh’s refusal to wash her hands before entering the Information ministry was “rude and disrespectful”.
Madam Broh, at the time, said because she believed in hygiene practices and as such, she would never touch ‘dirty bucket’.
Broh, who had gone to the ministry for some official activities, refused to wash her hands, saying “this bucket is dirty. In fact, this bucket can even help to spread the virus.”
Upon her statement, the General Services Agency or GSA boss walked into the ministry without washing her hands and checking her temperature.
But Minister Lewis Brown said the action of the Director General was just not being disrespectful, but a clear violation of the anti-Ebola Virus Disease measures presribed by the Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Health.
Speaking at MICAT’s regular press briefing on Monday in Monrovia, the Information Ministry noted that it was unfortunate and embarrassing for such government official to down the regulatory measures in combating the deadly virus only on the basis of insulting another agency of government.
“This is a total embarrassing and in total disregard to the process of combating the deadly virus. As government officials, we should set the example for others to follow,” he said.
According to him, his ministry will not tolerate anyone walking in and raining insults.
By E. J. Nathaniel Daygbor