WHO Boss Urges Collaboration To Prevent Ebola Spread In Liberia
By Hilary Vasco Wiagbe
MONROVIA, March 24 (LINA) -The Acting Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Liberia, Dr. Peter Clement, has urged the participation of all Liberians and health partners in preventing the spread of the Ebola disease in the country.
Dr. Clement noted that though the disease does not have a cure, it can be contained if Liberians and partners take responsibility to prevent its spread.
There are reports of an outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease in neighboring Guinea, claiming several lives.
Already, Liberian health authorities have announced the death of five persons in Liberia from the disease. They said the victims had traveled from Guinea to undergo treatment in Liberia.
According to the Liberia News agency (LINA), the WHO official recalled that a similar disease broke out in Uganda and Sudan, but that these two countries remedied the situation in a short period of time, emphasizing the need for Liberians not to panic.
The WHO Acting Country Representative spoke Monday, when he and authorities of the Ministry of Health addressed a joint press conference in Monrovia to announce the outbreak of the Ebola disease in neighboring Guinea.
Dr. Clement said the WHO and Ministry of Health and Social Welfare are collaborating to mobilize the necessary support to tackle the disease and its spread in Liberia.
He narrated that the support will focus on a number of areas; including the improvement of surveillance system to be able to identify cases early, confirmation of the cases to enable the authorities know what they are dealing with and the strengthening of the case management component, by building the capacity of health workers.
Dr. Clement also underscored the need for the health workers to be protected, disclosing that four health workers who were rendering services to affected people have already died of the disease in Guinea.
Meanwhile, Clement has urged Liberian journalists to see themselves as ambassadors in the fight against the Ebola disease, and challenged them to take the message to the public, in an effort to prevent its spread.