The Liberian government has urged Nigerians not to express fear over the possible spread of Ebola Virus Disease and assured that the resurgence is well under control.
The recent assurance was contained in a letter signed by the Minister Counselor for Press & Public Affairs, Liberian Embassy, Abuja, Mr. Nat Bayjay. Bayjay said they have put in place robust measures to contain the spread of the recently discovered EVD cases by immediately setting up a health team to investigate and provide surveillance in the affected village. On June 29, the Ministry of Health of Liberia confirmed that specimens from the corpse of a 17-year old boy in Nedowien Village, Lower Margibi County, tested positive for EVD.
The village is said to be located 35 miles Northeast of Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, with the Ministry reporting two more positive cases from the same village on July 1 and 2. However, Bayjay said those affected have been taken to a well-equipped Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) near Monrovia.
He disclosed that the authorities of the Ministry of Health of Liberia are actively investigating how the three confirmed cases contracted the virus almost two months after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Liberia Ebola-free. “The Government of Liberia is also working assiduously with its neighbours, Sierra Leone and Guinea, through the Mano River Union, to obliterate the spread of the EVD in the sub-region,” Bajay said.
He said the Liberian Ministry of Health has appealed to the Liberian public and the international community not to panic about the latest cases because the government now has the capability adequately to put the situation under control, as evidenced by the swift reaction of its Incidence Management System (IMS) to contain the situation when it was reported.