THE OUTBREAK OF the Ebola virus on the nation which has claimed the lives of many persons has indeed weakened the fragile healthy sector of the country, imposing on its limited capacity and resources to curtail the spread of the virus and also catering to the many persons who seek treatment at various health centers. Since the outbreak which has also affected health workers, many main medical centers have ceased to operate or reduced the number of services to the public.
HOWEVER, THE RESPONSE from the international community, including some countries, as well as multilateral and bilateral groups, the World Bank and the World Health Organization, the country has been able to make strive in curtailing the spread of the virus, by establishing many centers and also by improving the response methods.
JUST LAST WEEK, it was reported that Africa’s richest man, billionaire Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has expressed his preparedness to assist Liberia in the fight against the Ebola virus disease. According to an Executive Mansion release, in a telephone conversation with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Friday, October 17, Alhaji Dangote volunteered to assist the country with medical personnel and other human and material resources.
FURTHERMORE, HE PROMISED that the Dangote Foundation will work with the Liberian leader’s office to determine what assistance can be provided ranging from medical personnel as well as other professional healthcare workers.
FOR HER PART, President Sirleaf thanked Alhaji Dangote for the promised assistance and praised the Nigerian businessman for reaching out to the government and people of Liberia noting that this assistance will go a long way to help rebuild the country’s healthcare system with highly skilled medical doctors and healthcare personnel during this critical period and beyond the Ebola virus disease.
DESPITE THE CONCERNS by these countries, groups and individuals to assisting this country fight the Ebola virus, there are still needs to help restore the country’s health sector to its pre-Ebola period. The situation is such that because of the Ebola outbreak, coupled with the lack of facilities, many persons, said to be suffering other illness, are turned back by health facilities.
THIS IS WHY we are happy that President Sirleaf has renewed her pleas to the world to continue to help fight the virus. This, we believe, would continue to send the message for more assistance as the country fight this deadly disease.
IN HER COMMUNICATION to the world, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is again pleading to countries around the world to join the fight against the Ebola virus disease and stressed that this is a fight in which the whole world has a stake. She stated further that this disease respects no borders. She said, “The damage is seen in West Africa, whether in public health, the economy or within communities, is already reverberating throughout the region and across the world.”
TODAY, WE TAKE specific interest in the helping to assist health facilities in the country to be capacitated to cater to the many health needs of citizens. It is disheartening to note that because of the fragile state of the country’s health sector, citizens have been turned back.
THANKFULLY, WHILE APPRECIATING the many help being given to combat this virus in this country, we urge the government and its partners to also consider the plights of the medical facilities, which are not catering to Ebola cases, to begin to treat people with non-Ebola-related illnesses. The situation of the country’s health facilities is very serious.
CONSIDERING THE SERIOUSNESS of the situation, we urge our government and its partners to ensure that something be done to reverse this negative trend that is said to be contributing to the number of death tolls during this crisis.