By Garmonyou Wilson
The Managing Director of the Forest Development Authority (FDA), Harrison Karnwea says that bush meat is a possible carrier of the deadly Ebola virus, hence the FDA along with its partners have begun a prevention, sensitization and awareness campaign in five counties to deter people from eating or selling bush meat.
Speaking at the official launch of the campaign at the headquarters of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) in Monrovia the FDA Managing Director Karnwea said that any animal in the bush can have Ebola, therefore the FDA along with the Liberia National Police will seize bush meat brought to be sold or for personal consumption to help the Government of Liberia and the entire Mano River Basin in the fight against Ebola.
Also speaking during the launching program FDA Board Chair, Sister Mary Lauren Brown said the campaign will include interpersonal communication in communities, at market places, agriculture sites, and entertainment centers as well as the airing of Ebola prevention jingles, social mobilization and community outreach with preventative messages on Ebola.
She continued that the FDA with the full support of its Board of Directors collaborating with other partners including Fauna and Flora International and LCP as implementing partner is launching this community based awareness campaign on the prevention of Ebola.
For their part, the Executive Director of LCP, Culture Ambassador Juli Endee urged the public to save their communities, family and friends by not eating bush meat. She added that no one should say that they have been eating bush meat for a long time, because Ebola has just come to the country so Liberians must now learn how to change some of their behaviors by stopping to eat bush meat.
The Public Relations Manger for the Ministry of Health, Rev. John Sumo during the launching campaign used the occasion to sensitize Liberians from hiding their sick family members due to Ebola fears, and from burying dead bodies secretly.
Meanwhile, the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP), Executive Director, Juli Endee donated LD 50,000 to the family of Titus Nauaha who was one of two young victims who were shot on August 20, 2014 by Liberian security during a recent showdown between residents of the West Point community and the security.
Ambassador Endee called on the families of Shakie Kamara, another victim of the August 20 showdown and Titus Nauaha, who needs to be flown out of the country for medical evaluation, to unite and don’t allow the regrettable incident divide their family or the West Point community at large.
The father of young Titus Nauaha, Kissi Johnson thanked the LCP Boss for the donation and called on the entire country to join him to pray for his young son who was once full of life but is now bedridden.