Information Minister Lewis G. Brown
“Liberia's Ebola Outbreak Unprecedented,” Says Min. Brown
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, September 8 (LINA) - Information Minister Lewis G. Brown says the Ebola outbreak in Liberia is unprecedented and “no government could have been prepared for such eruption.”
He said Liberia survived the first tide of the Ebola outbreak because it started in a depopulated area, saying the second outbreak was overwhelming because it started in the populated city of Monrovia, especially in hospitals.
He made the statement at the Ministry of Information special press briefing held in the conference hall of the ministry on Monday.
Minister Brown said Ebola has been recorded as a fatal disease by international health bodies like the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other NGOs and that a single case is an outbreak, noting that “no government will overlook a disease of such nature and Liberia’s case is historically extraordinary.”
Brown said the nature of Liberia’s Ebola outbreak is peculiar, which leaves government with “no alternative but to seek help from all relevant and international entities” to assist the country in its quest to eradicate the disease.
“The government is continuing to make its case to the international community about the seriousness and nature of the situation, that is why we are always unveiling everything that is going on at treatment centers and in the entire country, Brown said.
He added: “The President is working on a daily basis trying to explore all avenues of help that the country can get.”
According to the Minister, the government of Liberia is obligated to perform its social duty by affording citizens hope to survive the Ebola crisis.
“We must do all that we can as a people and government to save our State and provide some hope to our people. This is not a Government of Liberia fight, this is not a popularity fight neither is it an election fight, this is a survival fight,” the Minister pointed out.