Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswahh
“Govt Will Continue Working with Global Partners” -- Minister Nyenswa
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA September 7 (LINA) - Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, has said government will maintain its partnership with the international community to strengthen the fight against the Ebola disease.
He said Liberia is facing a public health emergency with the prevalence of one of the most fatal diseases recorded in history, and as such, the country needs the global public health community to deal with the crisis.
Nyenswah, who spoke recently at a news conference held at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, described as unpatriotic statements by some Liberians that government lacks the ability to control or deal with the crisis.
“These things happen all around the world, especially in times of disaster, when a government must partner with the international community and NGO’s to lift the country from the crisis.
“When some of our compatriots suggest that the entire affairs of the country should be turned over to international NGO’s then they are not doing justice to our country,” Nyenswah asserted.
He pointed out that his appearance at news conferences usually with international representatives speaks to the fact that Liberia is not alone in the fight against Ebola.
Meanwhile, Nyenswah has said given the nature of the virus and the number of cases being reported, government has decided to erect additional Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in five counties that have continued to report new cases.
He named Montserrado, Lofa and Bong as some of those counties still reporting new cases, while Margibi and Nimba are also expected to have new ETUs to support the influx of patients.
The Nyenswah noted that government is working with several international NGOs to facilitate the management of various treatment units, adding that Medicins sans Frontieres (MSF) is working with government to support the ETU in Lofa County.
“Already MSF is providing support to ELWA Unit Three, while the Ministry of Health in collaboration with WHO is running the ETU at the JFK.” he said.