Only 2 Ebola Confirmed Cases Now…Mont. Goes 7 Days Without New Outbreak

It has been announced in Monrovia that of the nineteen Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) spread through the country, only two confirmed Ebola cases are being treated as of February 14, 2015.

Acting Information Minister, Isaac W. Jackson told the daily Ebola press briefing yesterday that this is an indication that Liberia is making significant progress in the fight against the Ebola demon.

Minister Jackson used the occasion to dispel rumors that there is a new outbreak of Ebola in Margibi County but noted that there were only two cases which have since been dealt with.

Minister Jackson also disclosed that for the past seven days there has been no new case of Ebola in Montserrado while Lofa County which was the epicenter for the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has had no new case in more than forty days.

Alsop speaking at the briefing, Dr. MokosaFallah a consultant with the Contact Tracing Unit of the Incident Management Team said efforts must be exerted to ensure that Liberia reach and remain at zero Ebola case.

He said the country is seriously keeping surveillance especially at a time when the President has ordered the borders opened and school activities resumed.

Dr. Mokosa said people should be on the alert and avoid being around sick people or touching dead bodies because one would not really know the cause of that person’s death until an Ebola test is conducted.

He said for Liberia to reach zero Ebola level, every community and individuals must be mindful and careful by continuously observing the preventive measures put in place by the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Mokosa then called on the various communities to remain vigilant by reporting any sick person in their community saying, “We must increase the level of alertness and treat every sickness as Ebola until test is conducted.”

Dr. Mokosa who explained the story of how a taxi driver refusal to transport a sick person to Bomi Hospital diverted the outbreak of the disease in that county in recent time, urged all to remain focused and report all sick people in their communities.

He said while the country is making effort to finally nail Ebola, some are putting themselves at risk by not observing the preventive measures.

The Contact Tracing Consultant said every health worker must now increase their sense of suspicion and continue to take preventive measures by wearing their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).