The President and Chief Executive Officer of Morweh Energy Group in Liberia, Dr. Christopher Z. Neyor, has underscored the need for adequate support and attention to be given to health workers in Liberia in the midst of the deadly Ebola virus.
According to him, health workers must be provided the necessary safety gears by the Government of Liberia (GOL) and others to help combat the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
Ebola is a deadly disease that has no cure or vaccine.
Over 60 persons including ten (10) nurses have died as a result of the Ebola virus since the outbreak in March, 2014 in Liberia.
Dr. Neyor maintained that the primary objective of government is to protect and empower its people and therefore, health workers across the country must be properly protected to cater to patients.
The former President/CEO of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) was speaking on Saturday, July 19, 2014 when he served as guest speaker at a program marking the 34th Initiation of the First Year Medical Students of the A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine in Congo Town, outside Monrovia.
He said government must prioritize the health of not only its citizens but those that are providing medical services to people who are ill and that more emphasis must be placed on the training and recruitment of specialists in different medical fields to help guarantee the survival of patients, noting that, “prevention is less expensive than cure.”
Dr. Neyor noted that government must invest in finding solutions or preventing diseases that are dangerous to the livelihood of the citizens.
He said fear amongst the health workers combating the Ebola virus would be curtailed or minimized, if more protective gears are provided to them across the country.
“Health workers are the first respondents during the outbreak of any disease; and you cannot send your soldiers to battle without empowering them. Any government which does not do that means it does not love its people. We should give health workers gears not only to help the patients but to also protect their lives. Health workers lost their lives; they are now afraid. And the way to avoid that is to ensure that the necessary protective gears are provided.The prime duty of any government is to protect and empower the citizens; and ensuring the health and well being of your people is an integrated part of this. The first duty of a statesman is the health of your people. Seeking the health and well being of your people do not only mean providing hospitals or clinics but also ensuring investment in preventing diseases. We should place emphasis on preventive medicines and ensure the health of our people by training health workers. We need to put emphasis on the development of specialists,” he stated.
He said health facilities constructed across the country must be occupied with trained health workers including doctors and nurses to help save lives.
According to him, the necessary medicines and supplies are needed at these health facilities to ease some of the difficulties patients encounter while traveling abroad for medical treatment.
Meanwhile, the Morweh Energy boss has provided the amount of LD250,000 to help purchase preventive gears for health workers.
Mr. Neyor stated that the gesture would help bring courage to the health workers while executing their respective functions in the midst of the epidemic.
He pointed out that the purchasing of the protective gears for the medical practitioners would be done by the Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) in collaboration with the Liberia Medical Students Association (LMSA).
He then called on the Liberian government to use funds allocated for the celebration of this year July 26 to the fight against Ebola in Liberia as the National Legislature has initiated.
Mr. Neyor also added his voice to that of Kofi Woods and others that instead of the pomp and pageantry for celebration of Independence, the necessary funding must be appropriated towards purchasing safety gears for those that risk their lives to cater to persons affected with the Ebola virus.
According to him, the celebration of National Independence in Liberia at this time is uncalled for.
He urged Liberians to use the day to offer national prayers and fast to God to help redeem their country from the deadly virus.