Via allAfrica.com, a report in Heritage: As the Fight Against Ebola Intensifies - Ellen Pleads With the Media. Excerpt:
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has made a passionate plead to media practitioners in Liberia to help join the fight against the deadly Ebola virus by discouraging the state of denial amongst some citizens.
Ebola is the world deadliest disease that has no cure or vaccine. The virus has killed at least 129 people here, and claimed more than 670 lives across the region.
According to the Liberian leader, a state of denial remains visible amongst Liberians, and therefore, the media must play a pivotal role in helping to combat the deadly virus.
She spoke on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at a news conference held at her Ministry of Foreign Affairs office on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
She said people who are affected with the virus are "running away" while others do not believe that the virus exists.
President Johnson-Sirleaf noted that the media must convey preventive messages and measures put in place to the public to help combat against the deadly virus.
She said the virus has attacked not only Liberians, but other international medical partners that were aiding to curb it.
According to her, the properties of some of these international partners were in some instances attacked, and therefore, the media must play a key role in educating the public.
"We want to encourage all of you (journalists) to join this fight. This is a serious fight. There is denial; people do not believe that this is a deadly disease. They think that somebody wants to do harm to them. It's real and serious.
"You need to help us to carry that story out. People who are affected are running away; people who have dead bodies are running away. Please, we need to inform our citizens. This is a national disaster. We are putting out some additional measures to the ones I announced. We are asking you to convey that so that this message can get to everybody."