Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Dr. Serge St. Louis
Lofa County Records Massive Drop In Ebola Cases
MONROVIA, October 22 (LINA) – No new cases of Ebola have been reported in Lofa County over the past three weeks, an executive mansion release has disclosed.
The head of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-run Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Foya, Dr. Serge St. Louis, briefing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during a visit to the county, indicated that Lofa County could soon be declared an Ebola- free county if the trend continues.
Foya, a town that shares common borders with both Guinea and Sierra Leone, registered Liberia’s first case of the Ebola virus from neighboring Guinea in February 2014.
This outbreak later killed hundreds in the county and subsequently spread to other parts of the country, including the capital Monrovia.
Dr. Louis warned that although significant gains have been made, President Sirleaf should reconsider security measures at the border area to prevent a recurrence of how the virus was transported from Guinea and later spread throughout the country.
According to an Executive Mansion release, he disclosed that the neighboring Guinean towns of Gueckedou and Macenta, close to Foya and Voinjama, are reporting an increase in cases of the Ebola virus.
He named coordination and information sharing as important tools for the total containment of the virus; emphasizing that the Foya ETU could be used as an example as these measures greatly helped in reaching to zero case for the past weeks.
Performing a detailed demonstration of protocols at the ETU, Dr. Louis informed the Liberian President that the community equally supported their work, eventhough it came a little too late.
He attributed the rapid spread and numerous deaths in the county to denial and cultural practices.
The MSF head in Foya disclosed that, at the present, there are only six patients in the ETU and informed President Sirleaf that the patients will be discharged in the coming days.