Information Minister Lewis G. Brown has underscored the need for the fight against the deadly Ebola virus to take on a community initiative.
Minister Brown said the fight must take a community dimension with every community taking ownership of the fight to defeat Ebola.
The Information Minister said the Government of Liberia (GOL) and other partners can do whatever they can but it is very important that Liberians take responsibility to defeat the disease at community and family level.
The government’s spokesman who spoke at a one day Strengthening Media Partnership to Roll Back Ebola organized by Center for Media Studies and Peace building (CEMESP) said the stage for the fight against Ebola has reached a very crucial state and needs the support of all Liberians especially at the community level so as to achieve zero percent Ebola free.
Minister Brown said Liberians cannot relax because Ebola affects all and the media being a very important integral part must communicate the message clearly and truthfully.
The Information Boss said the government has no intension to close down media institutions but stressed that the media must properly and clearly disseminate information.
Earlier, Press Union of Liberia (PUL) president, Abdullai K. Kamara called on the media and the general populace not to take the reduction in Ebola cases but continue to observe the preventive measures as prescribed by the Ministry of Health.
The one day forum which was organized by CEMESP was intended to take stock and share knowledge on how to adopt a new strategy aimed at rolling back Ebola. It was organized in partnership with the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), the Ministry of Information with the sponsorship of IREX UNICEF USAID, the Carter Center and UNMIL.