Gov’t Warns Against Overcrowded Areas…Pinpoints Beaches, Entertainment Centers

By Timothy T. Seaklon

The Government of Liberia (GOL) said during the State of Emergency, the Liberia National Police will be on the alert to prevent over-crowdedness at public places as the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) continues.

The GOL said in recent time, it has observed that several individuals are now staging beach parties and going night clubs in large number creating an environment for the further spread of the Ebola virus.

Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Attorney Isaac W. Jackson, told the Ministry’s daily Ebola Press Briefing that the government while acknowledging the downward trend of the Ebola virus in the country, noticed that it is too soon to celebrate as is being done in several quarters.

Minister Jackson said it has also been observed that contrary to the regulation that night clubs close their doors by 6 p.m. they are now closing at 10 p.m. thus attracting huge crowd.

He also disclosed that the Ministry of Information has acquired photos taken last weekend showing a crowded beach scene where people were embracing, shaking hands and bursting each by touching each other’s knuckles.

Minister Jackson said while it is good that the country is being rated by the World Health Organization of having one percent Ebola case, people should not abandon the preventive measures and avoid being at over-crowded places.

He stressed that the Police will be on the alert to enforce measures aimed at curtailing the further spread of Ebola by closing down night clubs at 6 p.m. daily and ensuring that no one is given the opportunity to gather in large numbers at the various beaches.

Minister Jackson urged Liberians to continue the preventive measures which include the regular washing of hands, reporting Ebola cases to the Ebola Treatment Centers (ETUs), not burying dead ones but reporting same to the Ebola among others.

The Deputy Information Boss said once there are increased cases of Ebola being reported in Sierra Leone and Guinea, Liberia stands to experience the virus.

He noted that a single case from Sierra Leone ignited the virus at the Redemption Hospital; a case from Guinea turned Lofa into an epicenter for the virus and over a 1000 persons died of the virus. “Let’s not bring ourselves to a stage of passive complacency but continue to work for the total eradication of Ebola in the country,” he added.

He said with news that the spread of the virus is declining, Liberians must do all within their powers to end the spread of the disease once and for all.

Also speaking at the news briefing, the head of the Ebola Case Management Team Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said Ebola is still in the country and no county in Liberia is Ebola free.

He said as of last Sunday, 39 Ebola cases were reported and currently 200 Ebola patients are in ETUs throughout the country. He noted that every county in Liberia needs an ETU.