LIBERIA: WHO Official Stresses Proactive Ebola Surveillance

The Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Liberia has urged Liberians to remains proactive in Ebola surveillance.

Dr. Patricia Omidian observed that as long as Guinea and Sierra Leone continue to battle the Ebola virus, Liberians should continue to follow the preventive measures instituted by the Ministry of Health during the Ebola outbreak to remain safe.

Dr. Omidian made the assertion Thursday at the end of a one-day Protection Cluster Meeting with heads of civil society and community leaders held at a local hotel in Sinkor suburb of Monrovia.

She stressed that it is “too soon for Liberians to forget about the impact of Ebola on the nation and its people,” noting that they should remain vigilant in their daily activities.

She indicated that the Ebola epidemic left severe mental and psychosocial problems on communities and survivors of the disease which need to be addressed to avoid stigma and discrimination.

Dr. Omidian emphasized that the Protection Cluster Network in the various communities around the country will go a long way to help detraumatize Ebola survivors and create awareness against stigmatization.

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