Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan
Foreign Ministry Launches Ebola Sensitization & Awareness Campaign
MONROVIA, July 29 (LINA)-Since the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in the country in March 2014, over 129 Liberians have died, while 249 confirmed cases of the disease have been reported.
Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah disclosed this on Monday at an Ebola awareness and sensitization meeting held at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.
The Ebola awareness and sensitization meeting is intended to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus among employees and the public at the ministry.
It was attended by a joint team from the Ministry of Health and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) led by Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services Tolbert Nyenswah.
According to a Foreign Ministry press release, the Ministry has taken thorough sanitary measures that will help prevent the spread of the virus.
The Ministry warned that effective July 28, all staff and the general public should avoid bodily contact, shaking of hands, hugging and kissing of cheeks while interacting with staffers of the Ministry and members of the general public.
Also as part of the new measures, every person is advised to do hand-washing before entering or leaving the building as well as after using the latrine, the statement said.
During the meeting Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan announced that the rules will apply to everyone with no exception, to keep employees and the public safe from the Ebola disease.
“We are about to enforce no shaking hands rules, no hugging, no kissing of cheeks, while interacting with anyone in the Ministry. From today onward, we will not shake hands, no bodily contact, not only in the Passport Bureau, but the entire Ministry of Foreign Affairs; our security will be enforcing these rules,” Minister Ngafuan warned staff.
The Minister further advised employees to take the necessary precautionary measures to avoid coming in contact with the deadly disease so that they can remain healthy at all times.
He urged employees to come to work and report any suspected Ebola cases in their communities and at their job site.
The Health Ministry team spoke about the effects and dangers of Ebola, methods of prevention and how to stop the spread of the deadly virus in Liberia.