MRU Countries Hold Confab

MRU Countries Hold Confab

By Jefferson D. Tweh

Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three worst affected Ebola countries in West Africa have begun a three-day Inter-country Conference on Infection Prevention and Control Recovery Plans and Implementation in Monrovia.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Liberia, Mr. Alex Gasasire said the conference is intended to provide an opportunity among the three affected Ebola countries to share experiences on infection prevention and control as well as water and sanitation.

Mr. Gasasire said the meeting will also provide an opportunity for the three countries to share plans and discuss current status of infection prevention control.

According to him, Infection Control has contributed to Ebola outbreak in the three MRU Countries. He then expressed appreciation to the governments of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone for what he calls adopting the appropriate strategy which has reduced Ebola in the three affected countries.

Mr. Gasasire expressed optimism that the three countries will prioritize infection prevention and control in their plans to deal with health issues and lauded the International Community for the technical supports to fight the deadly Ebola virus.

Also speaking, Health Minister, Dr. Bernice Dahn, said for every outbreak there is an opportunity to improve healthcare delivery system in the country.

Minister Dahn added that health workers demonstrated their commitment and worked tirelessly during the deadly Ebola period, and that the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare had put system in place in the area of Infection Prevention and Control for patients and Health Workers as this will serve as a foundation to improve infection prevention and control to the health delivery system in the country.