By Victor C. Hanson, Jr
The Assistant Minister for Preventive Services of the Ministry of Health, Tolbert Nyenswah, has disclosed that 12 of the 15 counties in the country are doing well but Montserrado County still has new cases. Speaking at the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism regular press briefing yesterday, Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said the cases of Ebola have dropped something he described as good news for the country.
Min. Nyenswah said to have a well-built country the health and educational systems must be given much attention because they are the foundation of every successful country.
He added that twelve of the fifteen counties have gone more than twenty one days and some have even gone more than ninety days without any confirmed cases but there are suspected and curable cases and Lofa is still making tremendous progress.
Min. Nyenswah said, “My greatest fear is people are relaxed in hand-washing measures; we must be careful, we cannot say it is over until we defeat Ebola and be declared an Ebola-free country”.
He stated that the country is getting to zero and to get to zero every Liberian must work hard because getting to zero cannot be done by magic, safe and dignify barriers must continue and there must be no reason for secret burials.
Min. Nyenswah said there have been 21 confirmed cases in four communities in Montserrado which include New Kru Town, Bardnersville, Lakpaza and central Monrovia.
He said the government is planning to have a National Health Care Center, a very resilience heath care center that will enable health workers tackle any outbreak of another disease in the country.
Min. Nyenswahasserted that any case of Ebola above zero is various dangerous and also commanded the media for it major road played in the fight against Ebola and other initiatives in the country.
Meanwhile, the Senior Policy Advisor of the Ministry of Education, Albert B. Coleman said the Ministry of Education will work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to be able to get to a student if he or she has a problem.
Dr. Coleman said that schools in those areas that are clear will be opened and those areas of high risk will wait until there are low cases, and also challenge communities to buttress government efforts.
He concluded that there will be hand-washing pumps constructed at every school, and psycho social training will be conducted for all teachers in the country.