8 August 2014

Liberia: To Contain Ebola - No Access to Bomi

The Government of Liberia (GoL) has deployed soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL) in Bomi County, one of the four counties the government had declared a no go area.

In an effort to combat the fast growing Ebola virus in the country, the government declared Lofa, Bong, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties as no go area.

Liberia's Information Minister Lewis G. Brown said the four counties, including Montserrado County had been identified as "intensively" affected areas by the virus.

Minister Brown, who was speaking this week on a local radio station, disclosed that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had declared "Operation White Shield", ordering the military to restrict the movement of people in the mentioned counties between 30 to 90 days.

He warned that the government will deal drastically with anyone caught using alternative routes.

Accordingly, the military can be seen visibly at the busy Clay Check Point and in Tubmanburg City, particularly Harmon Hill where two dead bodies were reportedly discovered.

The entire Harmon Hill area was sprayed, following the discovery of the dead bodies suspected of Ebola. The community has been quarantined, with nobody allowed to leave or come in.

At the busy Clay Check Point Thursday, several passengers and motorists were prevented from traveling to Monrovia, while on the other hand, people from Monrovia traveling to Bomi and beyond were also stopped from continuing their journey.

However, only health workers, county officials, security personnel and journalists were allowed access in and out of Bomi County.

The new measure, which left many motorists and passengers stranded yesterday, this paper gathered, is being enforced to the letter by the military in Bomi, as they are on high alert.


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