Honoring Ebola Heroes & Heroines

BY WAY OF tradition, at the end of each year we always pay homage to individuals, institutions and groups for their invaluable services to society during the course of the year. This is usually done as a source of motivation and inspiration so that others would emulate their good examples for the advancement of the Liberian society and the improvement of governance system of the country.

HOWEVER, FOR THIS year, this recognition takes on a different approach because of the Ebola outbreak that has claimed the lives of hundreds of our compatriots since its first outbreak in March and subsequent attack in August this year. Besides the human causalities, the Ebola outbreak has also affected the economic and other activities of the country.

BECAUSE OF THE prevailing outbreak, which is graduating being curtailed, we have decided to recognize all of those, including institutions that continue to make tremendous efforts and sacrifices in this fight against this deadly Ebola virus that even overwhelmed the nation’s already poor health facilities to even deal with curable or treatable illnesses.

AMONG THOSE BEING recognized today is the President of Liberia, Madam, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who suspended all foreign travels and took charge of a special committee to intensify efforts and at the same time engender the necessary support to decisively combat this deadly disease. Noticeably, the President’s appeal to the world for assistance to fight the war has yielded fruitful results that are so visible around the country.

ALSO BEING HONORED for their role in the fight are all health workers, especially those associated with the fight against the virus and other individuals, including Montserrado County Representative, Saah Joseph who made his ambulance services available to helping Ebola victims and also Assistant Health Minister Atty Tolbert Nyeswah who has been the voice in the wilderness on the Ebola outbreak.

EQUALLY, SPECIAL RECOGNITION to others, including the two sisterly charitable organizations, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. that constructed a 100-bedroom Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Virginia, outside Monrovia and a 40-foot container with assorted medical supplies, valued at US$600,000, and another non-governmental organization known as Servants of Africa Fighting Ebola (SAFE) which has been involved in awareness and sensitization activities.

SIMILARLY, IT IS worth stating that this fight could not have the strive it made in recent time with the reduction of the number of cases, if it had not been for the involvement of friendly nations and organizations. They include the United States of America, the People’s Republic of China, the Federal Republic of China, Cuba, India, Japan, Uganda, the African Union, the European Union and ECOWAS.

WHILE THANKING THESE individuals, groups and organizations for succeeding on the fight against the Ebola virus, we are urging our citizens to continue to abide by the anti-Ebola measures, as the virus has not been completely eradicated in the country. The virus is still here; therefore, to succeed, these measures MUST be adhered to and implemented.