Lawmakers Speak On Ebola-Want Moratorium On Hunting Activities

By Alva Mulbah Wolokolie

Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country which has lasted for two weeks for now, the 53rd National Legislature has officially spoken on the matter requesting the Executive Branch of Government to re-enforce the moratorium on all hunting activities until the country is free of the deadly Ebola virus.

The lawmakers reached the decision as a result of the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country.

In a statement released in Monrovia on Friday by both Houses, Press Director, Mr. Jarlawah Tonpo and Mr. Isaac Redd, says the Legislature assured the relevant Ministries and Agencies of Government and International partners of its support to rapidly respond and prevent any further spread of the Virus in Liberia.

At a joint leadership meeting held on Capitol Hill on Thursday, April 3, 2014, attended by the Chairman of the Cabinet, Internal Affairs Minister, Health Authorities and the Resident Representative of the World Health Organization, the Legislature was briefed on the current situation and measures the Health Ministry is implementing to arrest the threat the virus poses to human existence.

House Speaker Alex Tyler and Senate Pro-tempore Gbehzohngar Findley told health authorities that the Legislature will help mobilize resources to scale up surveillance for Case Management, Infection control and Social Mobilization.

The Acting Chairman of the Cabinet, Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly and Health Ministers told the Legislature that with support from their partners, they will continue to provide the necessary guidance, updates and resources to contain the outbreak.

In that decision, Redd and Tonpo said the lawmakers also suggested measures to prevent the virus outbreak in schools and congested areas. The Legislature has called on the Education Ministry to adjust the 2014 school calendar by announcing an early Easter break in schools around the country. Easter is scheduled for April 20, 2014.

The official statistics from the Ministry of Health has reported an increase in deaths and suspected cases, therefore the Legislature has decided to join their various constituencies to mobilize and sensitize residents about the prevention tips issued by the Ministry of Health.

Speaker Tyler and Pro-temp Findley then called on Liberians to remain calm and report suspected cases to the nearest health center and also observe hygienic regulations.