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VP Boakai praises Liberians, the Media in Ebola fight

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Vice President, Joseph Boakai
Vice President, Joseph Boakai

(elbcradio.com/Ma. 13, 2015)-Vice President, Joseph Boakai, has attributed Liberia’s success story in the fight against the Ebola Virus to the collective efforts of all Liberians.

Vice President Boakai cautioned Liberians to continue recommended health protocols despite the gains made by against Ebola.
He said: “Unity in strength to some extent was critical to the process during the height of the Ebola crisis.”

Vice President Boakai made the statement Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Monrovia when he served as Chief Launcher of a new program named and styled: “Heroes of the Ebola War in Liberia.” “The initiative is a process intended to give honor to those whom honor is due,” he noted.

The program also endeavors to research the untold stories about heroes of the Ebola pandemic which devastated the country, occasioned by the loss of thousands of lives. The Vice President commended the media for its role in the fight against Ebola.

Speaking earlier, the Head of Feed the Future, John Richardson, said the program will allow journalists compile the entire Ebola episode for future reference.

The program, organized by a local NGO, Feed the Future, brought together US Ambassador, Deborah Malac, Senior government officials and a host of journalists, among others.

Meanwhile, the President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Abdullah Kamara, has disclosed that the Liberian media received unfair treatment during the Ebola crisis.

Mr. Kamara said: “Despite its critical role in the dissemination of information, the media was never supported amidst the millions of dollars acquired to combat Ebola in Liberia.”

“The media will not give up; it will continue to report on discrimination, stigmatization and the restoration of educational activities in post- Ebola era,” he stressed. The PUL President spoke at the launch of the Heroes of the Ebola War in Liberia.

He stressed the stressed the need for the media to be supported to provide the quality of services to the public.

Under the program, journalists will perform their professional duties in the various communities with the view of exploring untold stories of how locals fought the virus.

Recently, the Liberian Government has predicted that Liberia could be declared Ebola free by April 13 this year if the country reaches the 42-day incubation period as prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

 


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