Via allAfrica.com, a report in Heritage: Liberia: Justice Ministry Issues Stringent Measures to Curtail Ebola. Excerpt:
The Ministry of Justice has issued several stringent measures to help curtail the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
Ebola is the world deadliest disease that has no cure or vaccine.
Over 100 persons, including health workers have died in Liberia as a result of the Ebola since the outbreak of the virus in March of this year.
According to Justice Minister, Cllr. Christiana Tah, the joint security of the Liberian government, especially the Liberia National Police (LNP) would provide maximum security for health workers across the country.
She said health care workers burying Ebola patients have been stoned by unknown persons in some communities.
She spoke on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at a news conference held at the Ministry of Justice in Sinkor, Monrovia. Min. Tah stated that although government is not insensitive to the plights of community dwellers, health care workers must be respected and protected at all times.
She pointed out that the LNP would enforce the confiscation of bush meats being sold at various market places in Liberia.
She said the move is intended to help protect the lives of the citizens noting that, "we are not going to eat it."
"Four days ago, I saw people with pans of bush meat; when the police see you, they will confiscate the bush meat. We are doing it not just because we want to take it somewhere and eat it ourselves; we're doing it to protect you and any other person that could be harmed by that. There's law against reckless endangerment to other people," she stated.
Minister Tah, who is also the Attorney General of Liberia, warned citizens to desist from "bathing dead bodies."
According to her, the restriction on bathing dead persons is not intended to disrespect religious belief.
"There are certain things we do for culture or religious reasons, but if you know somebody is bleeding through the nose and they died and you go and bathe that person you will lose your life. We are not doing this to show disrespect for anyone religious belief," she added.
She said government alone cannot eradicate the virus without the collective efforts and cooperation of its citizens noting that, "we need to take this very seriously."
Cllr. Tah indicated that the reduction of overcrowding of vehicles and elevators would also be enforced by the LNP.
She said LNP officers risk their job if they compromise the overcrowding of vehicles.