By Antoinette Sendolo
Internal Affairs Minister, Morris Dukuly, has corroborated reports that the Ebola virus is still decreasing as efforts continue by government and its partners to eradicate it in the country. Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing on Ebola, the Minister said as the Ebola crisis continues to decrease in the country, members of the Ebola Burial Team need to be remembered and considered as heroes as well as health workers.
The Minister noted that the burial team has played a significant role in the fight against the virus and as such they should be encouraged and appreciated, noting that they stand a high risk of getting in contact with the virus. “ As we all know, since the outbreak of the virus people have always talked about the nurses and doctors who have fallen prey to the virus and those who are still in the fight but not many attentions have been paid to the Burial Team something I think we need to consider. Those young men are risking their lives on a daily basis, so it is fair enough for us to appreciate them as well.”
Minister Dukuly encouraged citizens to continue all the necessary preventive measures given by the Ministry of Health and its partners noting that Ebola is real and it is still in the country and as such people should not be complacent of the fact that cases are on the decrease.
The Internal Affairs Minister added that the fight against the Ebola virus is one that needs to be done collectively if Liberia must win the battle against the deadly virus which has claimed the lives of several people. “The Ebola fight is more than just a government’s thing but rather, one that we all should get involved with beginning from our family level,” Minister Dukuly noted.
He applauded the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Carter Center for being supportive stressing that partnership at the local and international levels is essential to the fight against the Ebola virus in the country.
Meanwhile, Min. Dukuly has condemned all act of election-violence calling on all political leaders to be tolerant in the upcoming Special Senatorial Elections in order to have an election free of violence noting that the Election will signal the strength of the country’s democracy.
Also speaking, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister, Varney Sirleaf clarified that his Ministry received four hundred eighty four thousand United States Dollars to enhance the fight against the virus and not seventy thousand as speculated by some media entities.
He disclosed that one hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars was allotted to set up the cremation site for Ebola bodies while sixteen thousand United States Dollars was used to build two hand pumps in the Johnsonville community due to the lack of safe drinking water there.
According to the Deputy Minister, as part of the fight against the Ebola virus, Montserrado, Bomi, Bong, Nimba and Lofa were chosen by the Ministry as ‘response counties’ due to the high rate of Ebola cases.
He added that special attention was paid to those counties and disclosed that the balance funds are still kept for unforeseen circumstances.
Meanwhile, the Ministry is expected to decentralize its activities in the various counties across the country in order for rural dwellers to have easy access to the Ministry’s activities.