Medical Practitioner Warns Liberians Against Complacency On Ebola

By Timothy T. Seaklon

An American Physician and Epidemiologist, Dr. Kevin de Kock, says the greatest danger that Liberia is faced with is the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and complacency on the part of the public.

Dr. de Kock who commended Liberians, the government and international partners for their resilience in the fight against the disease said with complacency all the gains made could be an issue of the past and the virus could return and take its toll as was in August.

Dr. de Kock who works with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is currently stationed in Liberia said there are Ebola cases still being reported daily; between 20 to 50 across the country.

Dr. de Kock noted that there is no laboratory confirmation of some of these cases but urged Liberians to be very careful in months ahead by consistently observing the preventive measures that are geared toward stopping further transmission of Ebola.

The American Epidemiologist called on Liberians to ensure that things that stop the transmission of the disease become that order of the day and named those things as safe burial, isolation of sick people, contact tracing, the availability of medical and Bio-medical infrastructure such as laboratories.

Addressing the Ministry of Information daily Ebola news Conference in Monrovia yesterday, Dr. de Kock said currently dead bodies being removed from their homes are still tested positive of having the Ebola virus.

However, he noted that Lofa County which was the epicenter of the disease in Liberia is now stable and has not reported Ebola cases for over a month but stressed that of the 50 persons infected throughout the country half of the number is from Montserrado County.

Dr. de Kock said there are hot spots in which the fight against Ebola must be intensified and named those hot spots as being in Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Rivercess Counties.

Dr. de Kock who said he is a fervent supporter of democracy also advised that the election campaign which as usual brings huge crowd together should be managed in a way that the Ebola virus will not be transmitted widely.

The Epidemiologist said there are laboratory services in the country and any specimen that is taken can be tested with result being made available within 24 hours.

The CDC official was speaking on what the CDC, the Government of Liberia (GOL) and other partners have done to ensure that the country reaches zero Ebola point.