Sinoe County Superintendent J. Milton Teahjay has disclosed the closure for 72 hours of the county’s borders with five neighbors aimed at containing the spread of Ebola disease in that part of the country.
The bordering counties are Nimba, River Gee, Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, and Rivercess, according to the Liberia News Agency.
Superintendent Teahjay said the decision was reached in anticipation of the arrival of personal protective gears (PPEs) and testing equipment for both health workers and Ministry of Health personnel in the county.
He made the disclosure on the UNMIL Radio Coffee Break program via telephone from Greenville, Sinoe County on Thursday.
Superintendent Teahjay said the closure of the borders is to ensure that health workers, volunteers and those at various border points are not exposed to the virus as borders are strategic areas.
He said authorities are informed that many vehicles are entering the county and as such closing the borders is “very important and crucial to the well-being of citizens” of Sinoe County.
According to Supt. Teahjay, authorities on Wednesday arrested a fleet of cars entering the county with huge numbers of passengers and took them to the police headquarters in Greenville where the travelers were examined by health workers.
Meanwhile, Teahjay has said a serious challenge facing the county is the lack of funds to adequately fight the virus, pointing out that the county has received only US$2,000 from the central government to contain the disease.
Sinoe County, in the Southeastern region of Liberia, has so far reported two cases of Ebola.