‘The Ultimate Solution’

first_imgIt is somehow proving that natural efforts from the Liberian government and its international partners to bring the Ebola virus that is wreaking havoc on the Liberians and others in the Mano River sub-region under control are not yielding the needed results. This has led President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to call on Liberians to look to the supernatural for answers.The Liberian President called on the nation to turn its attention to the Almighty God, whom she said is “the ultimate solution” through fast and prayer, to the Ebola epidemic crisis.President Sirleaf has begun to give due reverence and recognition to God as the Ebola plague, which has claimed over 800 lives in the sub-region, continues to grip the nation.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is calling on all Liberians to observe three days of National Fast and Prayer, beginning Wednesday, August 6 through Friday, August 8, 2014. Fasting is to start from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. The three-day fast and prayer is an effort to appeal to God to heal the land.“Acknowledging our devout gratitude to God for our existence as a Free, Sovereign and Independent State, and relying on His Divine Guidance for our survival as a Nation, I call on all Liberians to observe three days of National Fast and Prayer to seek God’s face to have mercy on us and forgive our sins and heal our land, Liberia, as we continue the fight against the deadly Ebola virus,” the Liberian leader urged.She said this call is indicative that God is the ultimate solution to this crisis and source of Liberia’s deliverance as a nation, the release noted.The observance of the National Fast and Prayer is being held under the auspices of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC).The Religious Advisor to the President, Rev. Jervis Witherspoon said to climax the National Fast and Prayer on Friday, August 8th, a team of religious leaders will meet at the old Providence Baptist Church on Broad Street to lead prayers for the nation during the last three hours, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Witherspoon is also a member of the LCC,He indicated that state broadcaster, the Liberia Broadcasting System, and other radio stations will carry a simulcast so that those who are unable to attend the service in person can tune in and monitor the climax of the National Fast and Prayer Service.Religious leaders will offer prayers for the spiritual, moral and physical restoration of the land,  including prayers for the elimination of Ebola and other pestilences from the country; prayer for comfort and strength for hurting families who have lost loved ones; prayer for healing and restoration of quarantined individuals in the land; prayer for the protection of health workers and other volunteers in harm’s way as they fight the deadly Ebola virus; prayer against any form of witchcraft activity used to spread Ebola virus; as well as prayer for God’s intervention in the sub-regional counties (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia) affected by the Ebola virus.“We are calling on all Liberians to join in this time of true national repentance and prayer against the Ebola virus,” Rev. Witherspoon urged his fellow compatriots, adding, “We believe, in accordance to the scripture, that God will hear our prayer, forgive our sins and heal the land.”President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is wasting no time in taking advantage of this historic promise that has been enjoyed by many including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and the state of Israel that was rescued many times from the numerous enemies that surrounded it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ebola Virus Complacency Sparks Grave Concern in Liberia

first_imgThe United Nations and international and local medical agencies have cautioned Liberians against complacency about the Ebola virus spread.Liberians, especially those in Montserrado County and some other parts of the country reporting new Ebola cases, have been strongly warned to avoid traditional burial practices and harmful religious beliefs that promote the spread of the deadly virus.Furthermore Liberians are urged by authorities leading the Ebola fight to desist from all acts that are counterproductive to the eradication of the virus and to remain in strict compliance with preventive measures such as frequently washing hands, avoiding crowdedness, handshakes and hugging.These warnings come against the backdrop of Liberians gathering in large numbers and going back to the entrenched practices driven by traditional and religious beliefs, which include washing and touching suspected Ebola dead bodies.Moreover, during the Christmas celebrations, many Liberians and businesspeople were seen crowded into commercial and private vehicles owing to the acute transportation shortage, especially in the nation’s capital, Monrovia.Reasons cited for the Ebola spread in Montserrado County are the defiant behavior of residents in overcrowding at entertainment centers and in transport vehicles, ignoring the health measures. Commercial and public service transport providers were seen crowding passengers and relatives into their vehicles.  Some motorcyclists are now carrying three to four passengers on one motorbike, whereas they had been instructed to carry only one person per ride.The UN and medical aid agencies have warned about the consequences of the resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus on the entire population, cautioning that despite the enormous gains by the Liberian Government and its support partners, complacency and return to old habits must be sternly discouraged in every corner and hamlet of Liberia.Some of Monrovia’s health commentators told the Daily Observer during the weekend that it should not be surprising that the Ebola virus continues to spread in Montserrado County, especially over the past few months.Regrettably, in spite of enormous medical assistance that has been infused in Montserrado County, the virus continues to spread in some areas.The Incident Management Team leader of the Ebola virus at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), Assistant Minister Tolbert Nyeswah, disclosed recently that 47 new cases of the deadly virus have surfaced in Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more