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Honesty Key To Defeating Ebola - Dr. Kateh
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 Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh



Honesty Key To Defeating Ebola - Dr. Kateh
By Wilfred Gortor, LINA

MONROVIA, July 14 (LINA) – The Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh, has observed that the fight to contain the Ebola virus can only be successful if contacts undergoing observation are willing to provide proper information to health authorities.

Kateh said providing proper information will not only prevent the spread of the current wave of the virus, but will also bring a timely end to the Ebola crisis and allow the nation to move forward in its growth and development.

He made the statement against the backdrop that some contacts generated from the recent reemergence of the Ebola virus are concealing information from health workers, something that led to the death of a second confirmed Ebola victim on July 12.

Addressing the Ministry of Information regular press conference in Monrovia Tuesday, Dr. Kateh noted that Liberia, as a result of its experience during the first and second outbreaks of the virus, has the potential to contain the situation, but said the nation’s effort must be backed by the cooperation of victims and the communities.

Kateh, who is also Deputy Head of the Incident Management System (IMS),
told journalists that the IMS has written all of the County Health Officers, urging them to be on the alert as well as intensify surveillance against the virus.

He noted that the IMS has also pre-positioned supplies at its forward logistics bases to enable them respond speedily in cases of emergency.

Liberia has recorded a total of six new cases since its Ebola-free status was jeopardized on June 29 following the death of a 17-year-old male victim in lower Margibi County.

Since then the IMS has confirmed a total of six cases, two of whom have since died, while a total of 124 contacts have been generated so far with 16 of those contacts being recorded in the densely populated Montserrado County where the sixth victim was discovered on July 12.

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