Cutting Beyond Politics: CDC Seeks Audience With Gov’t On Ebola

Flashback: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and CDC’s George Weah Meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia
Flashback: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and CDC’s George Weah Meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia

Liberia’s key opposition political party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) says it is seeking audience with the government to discuss strategies to jointly fight the Ebola virus.

Ebola outbreak first engulfed the country May has claimed at 500 lives, creating great terror among the population. The government has since imposed a state of emergency and curfew as well as quarantined several communities and regions to halt the relentless spread of the virus.

Addressing a press conference in Monrovia over the weekend, CDC Secretary-General Nathaniel McGill said the party is concerned about the fight against the virus and therefore will support every initiative by the government that will not interfere with the citizens’ rights.

He lauded the Liberian Government for the efforts it is exerting in the fight against the virus since its outbreak in the country more than five months ago, according to the Liberia News Agency.

However, McGill said in order for the fight against Ebola to achieve its desired goals, the President should include civil society bodies as well as medical-related institutions, like the Red Cross, on the National Ebola Task Force.

He pointed out that the outbreak of Ebola is detrimental to the country because it has the possibility to paralyze the nation’s economy and several other programs.

Advertisements

Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s