Maryland County Representative Isaac Roland
Rep. Roland Differs With Ebola Report
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, September 12 (LINA) -Maryland County Representative Isaac Roland has underscored the need for health authorities and the National Ebola Task Force to reflect the difference between Ebola and non-Ebola deaths to set the record straight.
Roland described as unrealistic the data released by the National Ebola Task Force and the World Health Organization (WHO) about the total number of Ebola deaths in the country.
Recently, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the WHO put the number of Ebola deaths in Liberia at more than 1,000.
Speaking in a telephone interview with the Liberia News Agency (LINA) on Friday, he said, “I differ with the figure released on the number of Ebola deaths because it is unbelievable that all the people that are dying are dying from the virus”.
Roland emphasized that Liberians have to be careful about releasing statistics of Ebola deaths in the absence of testing most of the bodies to establish the actual cause of death before cremation.
He reminded his countrymen that the alarming Ebola death figures being released has social and economic implications on the country nationally and internationally, hence it is important to handle the situation with a high degree of honesty and care.
Roland argued that before the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Liberia people have been dying of other sicknesses or diseases, and wondered what has happened to those cases at this point in time.
Meanwhile, the Maryland lawmaker has reiterated calls for the establishment of adequate Ebola testing centers across the country to ensure that figures released on Ebola deaths are accurate to put all the apprehensions to rest.