-But What The Constitution Says?
The imposition of state of emergency by the Ellen Johnson Sirelaf regime perhaps in an effort to contain the rapid spread of the most deadly Ebola virus has increased fear amongst many Liberians who are already traumatized about the unprecedented invading epidemic.
Perhaps, due to limited constitutional knowledge amongst the citizens, many are reportedly mistaken the recently declared ninety (90) day state of emergency as a curfew and are finding it difficult to freely move about, although there are also unconfirmed reports from other parts of the country that people were being subjected to a curfew-like situation.
-“We can stop Ebola” Says US CDC Director
The Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations of the US Congress, New Jersey Representative, Christopher Smith has assured that his Committee takes the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia and other West African countries very seriously and would work to ensure that the US Government commits funds towards the fight against the deadly virus.
Chairman Smith gave these words of assurance during a brief discussion with Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan after the conclusion of a hearing on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa held Thursday, August 7, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA.
-With Liberians In U.S.
Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has engaged Liberians residing in Washington D.C. and its suburbs in the United States of America in a three-hour Town Hall dialogue on the prevailing Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Speaking at the Town Hall dialogue last Wednesday, VP Boakai indicated that it was the responsibility of Government officials visiting countries around the world to meet with and update citizens abroad about the situation back home.
He reminded the gathering that his Town Hall meeting held at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. was not meant for the usual political undertones, noting that the gathering was meant to inform Liberians about the Ebola disease that was gradually becoming lethal in the country.According to a dispatch, the Vice President also gave an update of interventions and actions that Government and its partners are taking to combat the spread of the disease.
-After Three Day Fast & Prayer
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed optimism in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus which has invaded the sub-region including Liberia. At the end of a three-day National Fast and Prayer declared by the Liberia Council of Churches which ended last Friday, the Liberian leader said, the Ebola crisis could be turned into tremendous opportunities, including one of unity, reconciliation, and deepening of faith.
-Ebola Spread Continues To More Counties
Information Minister Lewis G. Brown has disclosed that the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) has now spread to eight of Liberia’s 15 counties.Minister Brown named the counties as Montserrado, Margibi, Lofa, Nimba, Bong, Bomi, Cape Mount and River Cess.Minister Brown told state radio in a recent telephone interview that in line with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s recently announced State of Emergency, the eight effected counties are expected to be placed under “Operation White Shield”, noting that since the deadly Ebola virus is transmitted through human contact, checkpoints to be set up under “Operation White Shield” will have medical teams for the purpose of testing those moving from one point to another to ensure that uninfected counties are not infected as government tries to contain the further spread of Ebola here.
-Orders American Citizens Out Of Liberia
At the recommendation of the U.S. Embassy in Liberia, the State Department Thursday, 7 August, ordered the departure from Monrovia of all eligible family members (EFMs) not employed by post in the coming days. A statement by U.S. Department of State Spokesperson, Jen Psaki, says the U.S. Embassy here recommended this step out of an abundance of caution, following the determination by the Department’s Medical Office that there is a lack of options for routine health care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak.
A recent meeting of the National Elections Commission (NEC), political party and independent candidates degenerated into a scene of fear over Ebola transmission through a microphone being shared by all speakers, the Liberia News Agency (LINA) has reported.After the meeting was called to order by NEC Chair Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah, who elaborated on the agenda, the floor was immediately opened for discussions, with several participants initially making their inputs using a single available microphone at the meeting.