Traditional chiefs in Liberia have vowed to curtail their age old practices which are among the main causes of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.The chiefs from the fifteen counties made the pledge recently in Gbarnga, Bong County during a ceremony marking the ongoing cross border Ebola sensitization of the Mano River bordering countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire.The cross border initiative is being implemented by the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP) with sponsorship from the United Nations Children‘s Fund (UNICEF).LCP, in partnership with UNICEF, on Monday held a one-day stakeholders and traditional leaders’ forum in support of Ebola prevention in the bordering counties of Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Cape Mount.On behalf of the three counties, Chief of Lofa LCP County, Musa Kamara welcomed the initiative by the , describing it as wonderful.“We will stop bathing dead bodies, eating bush meat, put a stop to Poro and Sande activities until Ebola can go,” Chief Musa pledged.The traditional leader said with the level of education being provided by the LCP to people in the counties that border Guinea and Sierra Leone, the total eradication of the virus from the region would be achieved.Chief Musa, who hails from one of the hardest hit counties, Lofa, stressed the need to cast out the virus by engaging the people and putting aside all of the traditional practices. He asserted that the right message to fight the virus came late, saying, “The virus killed most of our people before we got the right message to fight it.”The chiefs called on NGOs to provide more support and training, which will empower them to keep up the fight.“As chiefs we will make sure Ebola goes forever and we will celebrate the country’s July 26 Independence in good health,” said Chief Musa.Bong County Health Officer, Dr. Samson Arzoequoi, stated that the health team in Liberia at the start of the outbreak made a mistake by not providing the right information to the public.If the right information had been provided to the people as it is being done currently, he said, the virus would not have killed the number of people it did.He thanked the people of Bong County for following the guidelines given them by the county health team and disclosed that Bong County has been free of Ebola since December 21 of 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“They were obviously very vicious and aggressive throughout the incident,” Alba said. “We’re going to recommend they be put down.” [email protected] (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FERNANDO – An 11-year-old girl was mauled by a pit bull Friday at San Fernando Middle School before police caught two dogs and arrested their owner, officials said. The dogs wandered onto campus about 7:15 a.m., and one attacked a girl who tried to pet them, officials said. The youngster ran into a restroom to try to get away, but the dog followed her inside. “I was in the bathroom and I saw through the mirror – the dog was jumping on top of the girl,” one girl who witnessed the attack told KCAL (Channel 9). “It’s pretty scary, but I’m fine.” The attack was halted when custodian Marcos Gutierrez beat the dog with a trash can, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The injured girl was transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and then flown to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she was listed in serious condition. “The girl suffered severe dog bites all over her body, with a particularly vicious bite on her left leg,” Police Chief Anthony Alba said. When San Fernando police tried to corral the dogs, one of the pit bulls tried to attack a motor officer, Alba said. Another officer shot a dog with a bean bag round. The dogs ran to their home in the 400 block of Hagar Street, Alba said. They were captured and transported to the Los Angeles County animal shelter in Castaic. The dogs’ owner, 18-year-old Orlando Vasquez, was arrested on suspicion of failure to control vicious animals, a felony. Alba said a neighbor also reported being attacked by the dogs.