The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Heath Promoters Allay Fears

In face of the reported ebola virus in Lofa County, a local NGO, Health Promoters Network of Liberia, is calling on the public not to panic as measures are being taken by the government to prevent the spread of the virus.

The organization, in a release issued in Monrovia Tuesday, however, cautioned Liberians to take preventive actions such as strengthening their cleaning and sanitation regiment and report symptoms of ebola to health centers.

United Nations health officials have expressed concern that the disease, which has a fatality rate of 90 percent, has various symptoms such as fever, diarrhoea, vomiting and bleeding.

The organization says as the ebola fever spreads by contact with infected people or animals, it is calling on Liberians more especially areas where the virus has affected people to keep themselves up-to-date with the latest information.

The Health Promoters Network of Liberia further urged Liberians to be especially vigilant and must wash their hands, the hands of children frequently as well as cover food at all times.

The organization said it is joining efforts of the government of Liberian through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and international partners such as the WHO to create awareness and provide prevention tips on the deadly virus.

The NGO said it stands ready to work with the reactivated National Task Force on Health to carry out outreach and sensitization across Liberia.

According to the WHO, the Ebola virus is introduced into the human population through close contact with infected human beings and animals including chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines.

The Health Promoters Network of Liberia is calling on its partners in the international community to make funds available to provide life-saving supplies and logistical support crucially needed now to stop ebola.

The organization is dedicated to promoting and advocating various health issues for the prevention of communicable and other diseases as well as maternal and child mortality in Liberia.

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