Public Rallied in Final Push against Ebola

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A consultant on contact tracing at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Masoka Fallah, on Wednesday sought to rally the public to cooperate in the country’s final push to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus that has brought the post conflict nation to its knee and shattered socioeconomic activities.

According to official sources, there are only two confirmed Ebola cases under surveillance in the 19 Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) across the country.

Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing today in Monrovia, Dr. Fallah told newsmen that  many of Liberia’s 15 counties or provinces, including Lofa in the  northwest of the country which previously served as the epicenter of the outbreak in 2014, has not reported a single case  over the last 40 days.

Lofa County is close to the border with the French Republic of Guinea where the disease was first reported in 2013.

He described the progress made against the disease by Liberia as remarkable and encouraging, but said Liberians must continue to press forward until the country reaches at zero case.

Countries in the Mano River Union basin (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea the worse Ebola affected nations) have promised to eradicate the disease from the sub-region in 60 days.

Dr. Fallah said it was important to step-up contact tracing efforts as Liberia strives to defeat the virus that has killed more than 3,000 persons and rendered thousands of children orphans.

He called on community residents to increase surveillance on strange people entering or migrating into their communities and report any suspected case of Ebola to health authority.  

He also warned healthcare workers to increase their suspicion on ill people and exercise maximum caution when administering treatment to patients, stressing that a “single and simple mistake” could revert the progress the country has made in fighting to contain the viral disease.

Memories in Liberia remain fresh how hundreds of healthcare workers were among the first victims of the deadly Ebola outbreak described by the World Health Organization, or WHO as the worst in human history.

Dr. Fallah encouraged the public to continue to adhere to preventive measures issued out by health authority.

He warned people against secret burial of dead persons, as well as hiding sick people at home.
He also appealed to the public, including commercial drivers not to transport sick people.

Instead, he urged community residents to report sick people to medical authorities by dialing various hotline numbers issued out.       

Dr. Fallah further called on the public not to shun contact tracing officers, saying: “Do not resist the health team; we are not your enemy.”  Writes Peter A. Fahn/ Contact : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.