Intensifying Measures Against Ebola

IT HAS ONCE again been reported that the deadly Ebola disease has resurfaced in Liberia.The deadly disease has claimed the lives of some individuals in Montserrado County, while others are reportedly undergoing medication.

THE RECENT VICTIM of this disease is a patient who reportedly died at the Redemption Hospital in the Borough of New Kru Town. It is reported that the nurse who was caring for the dead Ebola victim at the hospital also got infected with the disease and eventually died days after. This news is scaring especially in a jammed packed community like New Kru Town where everybody seems to be closed to another.

CURRENTLY SOME EMPLOYEESat the Hospital are expressing fear of contracting the deadly disease, which they believe may be in Montserrado County and its environs, especially following the death of their patient and colleague health worker. The situation is so alarming that Montserrado County District # 16 Representative,Edward Forh, has reported that the outbreak in recent time has claimed the lives of some citizens, including a nurse. He said the existence of the disease was confirmed by the Health Ministry, growing out of an incident in an area in the Borough, based on claim that it was spread by a lady who came from Sierra Leone.

HE STATED FURTHER that there is a search for another victim whose body was secretly taken away. Rep. Forh said a search is also on for a wheelbarrow operator who took one of the bodies to the hospital. Representative Forh spoke yesterday during the father’s day program at the Trinity United Methodist Church in New KruTown.

THE LAWMAKER SAID this information is not to create fear in the people but to create the awareness for people to be aware. He then called on the residents to be guided by all measures announced by the Ministry during the first outbreak.He said a meeting is planned today with authorities of the Health Ministry at the Town Hall beginning at 4 p.m. on the Ebola issue. He said the Borough will also today begin a sensitization campaign on the outbreak.

LET’S FIRST EXTEND thanks and commend the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for the first step it took in creating a massive awareness from the initial stage when the case of the deadly Ebola was first reported in Liberia.

EQUALLY SO,WE are calling on the Ministry to intensify its awareness, not just in communities where cases of Ebola are reported but throughout the length and breadth of this nation and put in place the necessary remedy or solution that will help curtail the spread of this disease.

HEALTH AUTHORITIES CONCERNED should now strengthen and institute all measures necessary to help avoid the spread of this deadly disease as was done in the past when the disease was initially discovered and confirmed.

AT THE SAME time Liberians should learn to believe that this disease exists and stop playing ‘Doubting Thomases’or denying the existence of this deadly disease. Liberians must abide by measures announced by the Ministry.

LEST WE FORGET, prevention is better than cure. Therefore, Liberians must take this seriously and avoid denying its existence or making mockery of it. A hint to the wise is quite sufficient.