LIBERIA: Red Cross Reports Drop In Ebola Death Rate

The Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has released its burial statistics, showing a significant drop in the number of Ebola dead bodies picked up by its burial team in Monrovia.

According to LNRCS Secretary-General Fayia Tamba, the Red Cross team buried 187 bodies between October 6-12 and 155 bodies from October 13-19, but the figure dropped to 117 from October 20-26.

Tamba presented the statistics at the Ministry of Information daily Ebola press conference held at the ministry on Monday.

According to the statistics, a total of 2,311 bodies were collected by the Red Cross burial team from July 28 to October 26 this year, with the highest weekly bodies collection being 315 recorded from September 15-21, 2014.

The Red Cross burial record also shows that a total of 264 bodies were collected from September 22 to the 28, while an additional 175 bodies were collected from September 29 to October 5.

Tamba said the month of October has shown a downward trend in the number of bodies being collected by the Red Cross.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross Secretary General has cautioned Liberians to intensify the fight against the deadly Ebola disease, if the country must emerge victorious in the current health crisis.

He said the country is not yet free from the virus, noting, “A single death of any Liberian must put us on the alert that this virus has not gone yet.”

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