The Head of the Ebola Incident Management System (IMS), Tolbert Nyenswah
“Liberia Could Be Declared Ebola Free April 13 If...,” Nyenswah
By Wilfred Gortor/LINA
MONROVIA, March 12 (LINA) - The Head of the Ebola Incident Management System (IMS), Tolbert Nyenswah, has disclosed that Liberia could be declared free of the Ebola virus if no new confirmed cases are reported by April 13, 2015.
Nyenswah’s statement comes against the backdrop that the country recently discharged its last Ebola patient, while the last Ebola contacts completed the 21-day observatory period on March 11.
He made the disclosure Thursday at the Ministry of Information regular Ebola press briefing held at the ministry in Monrovia.
Nyenswah noted that Liberia’s declaration as an Ebola-free nation is also contingent upon meeting the recommended standards of the World Health Organization (WHO), which call for an incubation period of 42 days after the second negative test of the last Ebola patient.
According to the Assistant Health Minister, March 2, 2015 marks the day that the second negative test on the last Ebola patient was conducted, something that led to the subsequent discharge of the patient on March 5.
Meanwhile, Nyenswah has cautioned that while Liberians are hoping that the nation will be declared free of the virus in the shortest possible time, it is still an obligation of everyone to ensure strict adherence to the preventive measures outlined by health authorities.
He emphasized that Liberia cannot at this time be overly optimistic about defeating the virus while new cases are still being recorded in Sierra Leone and Guinea that share common borders with Liberia.
“Liberia is in the limelight of success against the Ebola virus, we must all strive to maintain the gains we have made, we cannot be distracted at this moment,” Nyenswah cautioned.