LIBERIA: Senator Sheriff Wants Health Awareness Upped At Borders

In the wake of reports of the upsurge of Ebola cases in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, Montserrado County Senator Geraldine Sheriff has called for increased awareness in border towns and at ports of entry.

She urged the plenary of the Liberian Senate to encourage both the Ministries of Health and Defense to act quickly to enhance security at the borders with Sierra Leone and Guinea and ensure adherence to preventive measures.

In a letter to Senate President Pro-Tempore Armah Jallah Thursday, Senator Sheriff said this would help prevent a resurgence of the deadly virus in Liberia.

She urged Liberians to stand together and fight to keep the country Ebola-free and economically vibrant, noting, “We saw countries deny Liberian Government officials entry to their countries because of the outbreak of the epidemic in our country.”

The Montserrado County lawmaker believes that Liberia is entitled to protection and therefore must now act in the interest of the people, saying, “There is nothing wrong with closing the border with other countries where the virus is still present."

She emphasized that Liberians must do all they can to avoid a spill-over of the disease from the affected countries because it has the propensity to threaten the education system, economy and development agenda.

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