Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah
‘Comply with Ebola Contact Tracers’ --Minister
By: Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA August, 22(LINA) - The Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, has called on Liberians to collaborate with health workers designated to do contact tracing of suspected Ebola patients.
He said contact tracers are trained by the MOH and international partners to move into communities to identify persons suspected of coming in contact with people infected with the Ebola virus.
Nyenswah made the call Thursday at the Ministry of Information weekly press briefing.
Minister Nyenswah noted that denials and lack of cooperation from residents of communities where there are suspected Ebola patients are posing serious threat to the campaign to contain and eradicate Ebola from Liberia.
He observed that the country’s success in breaking the chain of transmission of the Ebola disease is contingent upon active case finding which is made possible by contact tracers.
Meanwhile, the assistant minister has also cautioned Liberians to continue applying the various preventive measures prescribed by the Ministry of Health and to also follow instructions contained in other Ebola-related messages provided via the media.
“Community support is critical in this fight, we can have all the support in the country, but if we are not applying preventive measures we cannot overcome the virus,” he said.
At the same time, Assistant Minister Nyenswah has disclosed that the government has dispatched a huge consignment of medical supplies and protective equipment to the various counties.
He said this effort by government is to enable rural dwellers have access to sustainable medical treatments for other common ailments as the country strives to battle the Ebola virus.
He said the supplies, which include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s) such as gloves, disposable garments, infrared thermometers and drugs, are expected to last for the next four months.