Chief Medical Officer of Liberia (CMO), Dr. Bernice Dahn
Gov’t Ups Measures To Curb Ebola Spillover
By Wilfred Gortor, Intern
MONROVIA, June 5 (LINA) - The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social welfare has said it will increase measures to prevent the spill-over of the Ebola Virus into the country from neighboring Sierra Leone.
Making the disclosure Thursday at the Ministry of Information weekly press briefing in Monrovia, the Chief Medical Officer of Liberia (CMO), Dr. Bernice Dahn, said the Government has returned to a robust contact tracing campaign along towns bordering Sierra Leone.
A recent Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone recorded 58 suspected Ebola cases of which 18 were confirmed in Kailahum District.
The disease has so far clamed six lives in Sierra Leone.
The first outbreak of Ebola in Liberia was caused by a spillover from neighboring Guinea, where over 200 persons have died of the disease.
Addressing the press, Dr. Dahn named other preventive measures as surveillance, social mobilization and distribution and airing of messages on the prevention of the Ebola Virus in local dialects.
She further disclosed that in order to strengthen the health teams in the targeted counties, the Government has dispatched personal protective equipment and chlorine, which are used for sterilization and to ensure the safety of doctors and nurses.
She disclosed that a regional meeting comprising Mano River Union countries was convened in Guegedou, Guinea on June 3 to discuss the welfare and safety of citizens of the region.
Dr. Dahn said some key issues discussed at the meeting were traditional and cultural beliefs, burial ceremonies for dead Ebola infected persons, and health workers not taking effective control measures when attending to patients.
Ebola has killed over 200 people out of 328 cumulative cases so far since the outbreak of the disease in the sub-region.