Information Minister Lewis G. Brown
Ebola Spreads To Eight Counties
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA, August 8 (LINA) – Information Minister Lewis G. Brown has disclosed that the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) has now spread to eight of Liberia’s 15 counties.
Minister Brown named the counties as Montserrado, Margibi, Lofa, Nimba, Bong, Bomi, Cape Mount and River Cess.
Speaking on the Liberia Broadcasting System’s Super Morning Show Friday via telephone, he said the eight counties are expected to be put under “Operation White Shield” under the State of Emergency declared by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday.
He said since the Ebola virus is transmitted through human contact, checkpoints to be set up under “Operation White Shield” will have medical teams to examine people moving from one point to another to ensure that uninfected counties are not infected as government tries to contain the spread of Ebola in the country.
He pointed out that the deployment of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) at the various entry points is intended to restrict the movement of people from one county to another to prevent the rapid spread of the deadly virus.
Minister Brown stressed that government is instituting these measures to ensure that Liberians are scrutinized, monitored and treated if any illnesses are confirmed through medical examination at the various checkpoints