“Corona Virus is not in Liberia and Nobody is sick; Health Workers are at the borders, airports and seaports to check people who are coming in our Country from other Countries”, a national health awareness message by the Ministry of Health and the National Health Institute of Liberia which has over the period including on March 7, 2020 been circulated by Orange GSM provider to its many customers (Liberians ) across the Nation” in a bid to help keep them save and to adequately alert them of global killer virus that is taking away the lives of people rapidly worldwide.
Despite the many health awareness messages to the general public on preventive measures of the deadly global corona virus of which officials working in the ruling Party/ Government including Liberian leader George Weah are fully aware of, the Coalition for Democratic change on Saturday, March 7, 2020, ignored such and officially organized its national retreat according to reports which brought together partisans of the ruling establishment from the fifteen political sub divisions of the Country.
Knowingly the Ruling Party staged the political gathering at the detriment of its many partisan’s health safeties only to show case and to as well score a numerical point ahead of the unbinding opposition in the wake of the ensuing mid-term Senatorial election, later this year. an opposition member claimed.
Dressed in the party’s official Blue and white colors with red and blue head caps to march, the unstoppable and zealous partisans of the ruling Party (CDC) danced and sang to the many and famous political songs of the Party as well as political battle cry in a move to help display their numerical strength to the opposition.
The gathering according to the opposition is not in any way timely especially when the world of which Liberia is a part of is struggling to effectively battle the killer corona virus crisis.
“Yes the virus is not in Liberia but in Africa and neighboring West Africa, Nigeria and so far we are observing the trends of events as such gathering people in a huge manner is risky to our Country and its people, said James Doe, a member of the opposition former ruling Unity Party.
Buttressing James’s statement another Liberian, a woman, who is not a partisan for and against the ruling party or any party, Patricia Kollie argued that the gathering of the CDC was not bad as everyone is entitle to his or her political assembly but the time was of serious concern and as a sensitive government, they should have taken keen note of such global health situation and abort it for now, why are they in rush, are they not the ruling Party and government now, she wonder.
Moreover, if God for bit the corona virus was in Liberia, could they have organized such a political gathering, I say no, Pa David Coleman told our reporter.
The Country is heavily and politically charge and the ruling CDC who should be the twin mother is now joining the Frey, we are in a serious problem, Andrew Washington, told our reporter.
In the wake of the global health emergency of which several Countries are now taking precautions and to certain extend, Liberia has started but the huge political gathering by the ruling Party appears to be as if the ongoing preventive measures put in place by the relevant authorities are just cosmetics only because Liberia is yet to report a case of the virus.
It can be recalled that huge gathering of people of late has been globally discouraged by health authorities as in some parts of Europe mainly Italy Football matches have been advised to play behind closed doors while the shaking of hands by players in the famous Barclay English Premiership league has been restricted for now.
However, Liberians are not effectively following the health measures which is at the detriment of its people, evidence of the huge political gathering of people organized by the ruling Party.
Already the Country’s health infrastructure is challenged and the exited Ebola virus crisis exposed further, the weakness of the sector and with the ongoing global corona virus crisis, Liberia should be a shining example for preventive measures and not a time for political and numerical game as the expense of the already struggling and innocent masses.