Religious Leaders in Sierra Leone have joined forces to support the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and other International Partners in the campaign against the spread of Ebola Virus in, which has claimed several lives in few months since it was discovered to be in the country.
A press release issued last Friday by the Inter-religious Council of Sierra Leone made a joint statement about the spread of the Ebola virus which reads thus “The outbreak of the Ebola virus in our nation and its devastating consequences is now well known throughout the country. Never in our history as a nation have we been confronted with such a devastating disease. The challenge it poses to life and the economy of our nation are enormous. Ebola is no respecter of persons or religions, nor does it gives warning signs. When it comes, it does not discriminate neither give warning signs.
As we make this statement, we learned that the disease is not only in Kailahun District now. It has spread to places like Kenema, Bo, Pujehun, Kambia and Koinadugu Districts.
However, we are too helpless in the face of challenges presented by this deadly virus. There are constructive actions each of us can take. Therefore as religious leaders, we have decided to make this statement for the whole nation.
Firstly, we join the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to affirm that Ebola is real. It is here in Sierra Leone and it is killing our people. We therefore call on all persons who are circulating wrong information to desist from such action as it only helps to spread the disease and thereby increasing the death toll.
Secondly, we encourage you and assure you of God’s divine presence as we go through this moment of confusion, pain and grief as we loose family members to the disease each day.
Thirdly, we ask all religious leaders and their congregations to commit themselves to a time of prayer and fasting for God to avert this pestilence and save our nation from further deterioration”.
The statement declares three days of fasting and prayers within the month of July. It urges all religious leaders to preach sermons of hope and God’s presence in peoples’ lives, further asking all religious leaders to teach their congregation basic prevention strategies as avoiding shaking of hands, unnecessary public gatherings, touching corpse of Ebola victims among others.
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