By Janjay F. Campbell
The Assistant Minister of Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mr. Tolbert Nyensuah, has said that Liberia has gone 42 days without any suspected cases of Ebola.
Speaking to the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) yesterday, Minister Nyensuah said they are putting all preventive measures into place to make sure that all counties bordering Sierra Leone be aware of the Ebola breakout in that country.
He stressed that they are doing all they can to contact health authorities in neighboring Sierra Leone to confirm the suspected cases of Ebola. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is trying to get a team of health workers at the border towns with Sierra Leone to create awareness.
“This is a regional disease and we are concerned. We are still creating awareness so that our people can take preventive measures,” Minister Nyensuah stated.
As health authorities step up their surveillance after reports of suspected cases of Ebola in Sierra Leone, Liberians are afraid that the deadly disease will undoubtedly cross over into the country.
Ebola which was noticed in neighboring Guinea later spread to Liberia and led to the death of some citizens. As the fear of Ebola returns to the Liberian populace, they are calling on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to act quickly and deploy health workers at the Sierra Leone border.
While others are saying the Government of Liberia should close the border to stop people from entering Liberia from neighboring Sierra Leone, others are of the view that the border must be closely monitored as was the case during the Ebola outbreak in Guinea.
Meanwhile, Sierra Leone has confirmed four deaths in eastern Sierra Leone due to the Ebola outbreak in the country. The deaths occurred in Kailahun District which borders Gueckedou in Guinea where the outbreak started in March.