31 July 2014

Liberia: Govt. Launches U.S. $21.4m Plan to Battle Ebola

The Government of Liberia has launched a $ US 21.4 million action plan to battle the Ebola virus in the country.

Speaking Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism regular press briefing, the Assistant Minister for Preventive Health Services at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Tolbert G. Nyenswah, indicated that the plan was signed by the Government of Liberia and the United States of America.

He indicated that the plan seeks to combat the virus until December, 2014 with lots of measures and precautionary procedures being put into place.

The Assistant Health and Social Welfare Minister for Preventive Services stressed that the plan will deal with the virus in a holistic and technical manner.

Minister Nyenswah pointed out that the structural and preventive instruments will be put into place with the signing of the Ebola Action Plan in the country.

Updating the media on the Ebola virus pandemic in the country, he stressed that as of July 26, 2014, 352 cases have so far been confirmed.

The Assistant Health Minster of Liberia mentioned that of the 352 cases confirmed, 95 are probable and there are 45 cases of death.

He intoned that 26 Health Workers of Liberia have died and 40 are undergoing treatment in the country.

Commenting on the recent pronouncement made by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in which she called on the Health authority and some partners to consider the cremation of victims of the deadly Ebola virus, Minister Nyenswah indicated that Liberia does not have the equipment, capacity and competence to perform such burial.

Mr. Nyenswah stressed that burial in the soil cannot contaminate the soil, and it is one of the best ways to bury the remains of human beings.

He called on some Liberians who are wearing gloves to desist, because they put themselves at risk for the virus.

'Gloves are only used by doctors, and health workers in the various hospitals and clinics, because they are schooled on how to use them" Assistant Minister Nyenswah revealed. The Health Practitioner of Liberia stressed that there is no need of Liberians staying home to treat themselves, because the hospitals have not shut down.

"Stop treating yourself at home, the health system has not been shut down and every case will be suspected as that of Ebola," he added.

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