IT HAS COME TO the attention of some foreign experts that the greatest danger Liberia is faced with in the fight against the Ebola virus is complacency on the part of the public. An American Physician and Epidemiologist, Dr. Kevin de Kock acknowledged the resilience being applied in the fight against the disease but warned that if measured with contentment all the gains made could be an issue of the past and the virus could return and take its toll as it was in August.
ADDRESSING THE MINISTRY of Information daily Ebola news Conference in Monrovia recently, Dr. de Kock, a staff of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who is currently in the country said there are Ebola cases still being reported daily which falls between 20 to 50 across the country.
THE AMERICAN EPIDEMIOLOGIST stressed issues of safe burial, isolation of sick people, contact tracing, the availability of medical and Bio-medical infrastructure such as laboratories because dead bodies being removed from their homes are still tested positive of having the Ebola virus. We are equally grateful for the laboratory services in the country in which any specimen that is taken can be tested with result made available within 24 hours.
WHILE, IT IS true 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 there are new cases emerging in Margibi and Montserrado Counties which many believe might be as a result of the Liberian mentality of being complacent.
SEVERAL OTHER HOTSPOTS have also emerged in Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Rivercess Counties for which we believe that the matter of intensifying the fight against the Ebola virus is very crucial at this time and this is a delicate matter that must be handled with serious urgency.
EVEN THOUGH THERE is no laboratory confirmation of some of these cases as the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Monday that out of the reported Ebola deaths 1,000 are to be deducted for not being Ebola related and that there is a yawning gap between the disease levels and the capacity to cope which had narrowed significantly, we still plead with Liberians not to embrace this as a success to our Ebola fight.
THE GAINS ARE visible but that should not serve as a cardinal point for our complacency, instead it should be seen as a drop in the bucket in our national fight against the virus because the election campaign which as usual brings huge crowd together is one issue that is perceived as a major factor that if not managed in a way could lead to a more serious outbreak of the Ebola virus as well as the huge number of cases coming out from our neighboring countries.
TOGETHER WE HAVE all envisaged reaching a zero Ebola point by Christmas and we have roughly 22 more days to see this come to reality so that our children will be back to school and that we resume normal activities once more in Liberia; now that a prohibition has been placed on the holding of our Special Senatorial Election, this should claim the attention of everyone that we must fight to win completely.
IF WE ARE sure that we are able to have this cankerworm virus vanquished from Liberia, which has a history of returning with reinforcement, we urge all Liberians to buckle up so that we will not only win the Ebola fight but we will change the history of the risk of Ebola returning to our country.