LIBERIA: Ebola Resurfaces In Foya District, UNICEF Urges Unity In Its Fight

The Health Officer of Lofa County, Dr. Aaron Kollie, has reported a fresh outbreak of the Ebola virus in Foya District, Lofa County.

During an Ebola update meeting at the weekend in Voinjama City, Dr. Kollie disclosed that three new cases of the Ebola virus were recorded in Foya District over the past few days.

According to the Liberia News Agency, Dr. Kollie said one of the three cases has been confirmed, while the other two were classified as “suspected cases” and specimens from these cases are undergoing laboratory tests.

The Lofa County health officer pointed out that the two suspected cases have been quarantined under the watchful eyes of health practitioners of Foya District and the entire county.

He indicated that the positive Ebola patient is on supportive treatment at the Foyah Burma Health Center in Foya and is said to be responding to treatment.

The re reappearance of the Ebola virus in the county, according to him, has been attributed to cross-border movements between Liberia and Sierra Leone, where there is presently an outbreak of the virus as well as Guinea, where the first cases of Ebola in Liberia emanated.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kollie has appealed to the Liberian Government and health partners to continue the supply of personal protective equipment and supportive drugs for the fight against the Ebola virus in the county.

It can be recalled that ten persons are reported to have died from the virus this year in Liberia.

Also six deaths out of seven cases were reported at the weekend by Deputy Health Minister and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Bernice Dahn.

In a related development,

 

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said Liberians can stop the spread of Ebola as victory over the killer disease relies on the collective efforts of communities.

Speaking to the Liberia News Agency via mobile on Monday in Monrovia, the Officer in Charge of UNICEF’s Information and Communications Unit, Adolphus Scott, said Liberians should accept that Ebola is in the country, and come together as a unifying force in battling it.

The UNICEF official noted that it is time Liberians spread the message of the existence of the disease, as part of preventive measures in the fight against the virus.

He called on civil society, the media, religious and traditional leaders, among others, to join in the fight against the Ebola virus, adding, “This is one of the most important ways we can protect ourselves, our families and our communities.”

Mr. Scott is also calling on Liberians to address the issue of denial, noting that it is one of the ways the disease rapidly spreads, noting “stop saying Ebola does not exist, because it is not good for the country”.

He said it is time people step back and critically examine the issue surrounding the existence of Ebola in Liberia, as it has micro-organic origins, which means, “it cannot be seen by the naked eyes.”

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