Reinhard Backes, ACN International
Adapted by Amanda Griffin, ACN Canada
Montreal, Thursday October 2, 2014 – In Catholic parishes throughout Liberia, the threat arising from the spread of the Ebola virus and the potential for prevention are being discussed more and more – the international Catholic pastoral charity “Aid to the Church in Need” received confirmation of this from the Apostolic Nuncio for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gambia.
In his message, Archbishop Adamczyk wrote: “Sunday´s Masses were a good occasion to explain to the people about prevention. Since the beginning of the month of August, in front of every public place, and in front of many private houses, it is possible to find a container with a solution of water and chlorine for washing the hands. The same is offered before entry into every church.”
The Nuncio described how the Catholic Church is also endeavouring to give support to all families with members who have been infected with Ebola or who must lament the death of loved ones due to the disease. “However, the Church cannot take care of the sick persons. To do this, it is necessary to be prepared and to have special protective supplies. It has been noted that the number of the health workers who have become infected is very high: 166 persons, already 80 of these have passed away,” Archbishop Adamczyk continued. He also mentions that the deceased include a large number of women and men in religious orders.
According to Archbishop Adamczyk, it is hardly possible to assess the economic and social consequences of the Ebola virus on Liberia. Many people no longer have a regular income since companies and businesses have closed down due to the epidemic.
The prices are rising, he said, but the people are not receiving basic state provisions. “The hospitals and all the schools are closed. The Ebola epidemic may cause economic crises and social unrest,” explained the Nuncio.