Ministry Of Health
MOH Adopts Community-Based Approach To Ebola Fight
By: Wilfred Gortor (Intern)
MONROVIA August 14(LINA) - The Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services has said that the Health Ministry has adopted the Household Community-Based Approach to increase the fight against the Ebola virus.
He said this method is geared towards taking more preventive services at the level of communities with confirmed or suspected cases of the deadly virus.
Nyenswah said this strategy will also aid in decentralizing treatment units and containing as well as reducing cases of the Ebola disease in two epicenters, Montserrado and Lofa counties.
He made the disclosure at the Ministry of Information regular weekly press briefing in Monrovia, Thursday.
Nyenswah described Liberia’s Ebola fight as peculiar and unprecedented, noting, “that the new approach will seek to reach the homes of suspected Ebola patients where they will be provided some level of care so that they cannot infect others.”
He further indicated that the chain of transmission is still ongoing in the communities and that in order to empty treatment units of Ebola patients, the Government Response Taskforce will work extremely hard within various communities and homes that are symptomatic.
“If there are too much patients in a community, we can move them to a community structure like a school building that can be reconditioned where we will provide mattresses, feeding, hygiene kits and health promotion materials until they can be transitioned to a treatment unit,” Nyenswah Said.
The assistant Minister further observed that the household method will help in creating space at various treatment units around the country, thereby giving the response team ample space to further carry on their duty.
Meanwhile, Assistant Minister Nyenswah has disclosed that the Government in its effort to eradicate the virus is providing more logistics to aid in the Ebola fight.
He extended thanks to the Government and its partners, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) for their assistance to the people of Liberia in helping to combat the disease.