By Timothy T. Seaklon
The Government of Liberia (GOL) has unveiled a new strategy aimed at defeating the deadly Ebola virus and further prepares the country for any future health epidemic.
The strategy entitled ‘Status of Ebola Strategy and Restoration of Essential Healthcare Services’ was unveiled yesterday at the Ministry of Information daily Ebola News Briefing in Monrovia.
According to the head of Secretariat of the Structure Pace of the strategy, Dr. Emmanuel Dolo, the strategy has some key objectives and operational plan aims at delivering in thirty to ninety days.
Dr. Dolo said the strategy will ensure that central command access to real-time information for on-time decision making, donation and county coordination.
The head of Secretariat also outlined some of its objective as comprehensive social mobilisation coordination plans are in place, with 10,000 trained mobilisers as well as an Ebola communications strategy.
He stressed that it will address rapid case investigation and referral, ensure the roll out of 19 new Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) to reach target of 2,000 by December and 2,500 beds if needed.
Dr. Dolo also spoke of the roll out of 62 Community Care Centers of which only three are now operational, drives restoration of health services; including opening of triages at health facilities and the procurement of 250 ambulances through United Nations.
He also indicated that the strategy will ensure the availability of nine operational laboratories, including four mobile ones, 1,000 psychosocial workers and an operational logistics network which would include one hub, five regional forward bases, county storage and last mile distribution.
He also said the strategy will address food security rapid response programme, restoration of European and African airlines as well as there-opening of borders with Senegal and Mano River Union.
The strategy according to DrDolo will agree and enforce governance structure which will integrate all stakeholders into unified system of clusters or committees develop an induction package for all current and new Non-governmental Organizations as well as partners to publish Governance Structure online.
The strategy will also ensure that official Governance Structure is known by all partners, highlight leads of IMS, Clusters and Committees while the World Health Organization(WHO) is developing “3W” (who, where and what) and the mapping of partners by function and counties.