Ebola Fight Intensifies: WHO Africa Regional Dir. Arrives in Liberia

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Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, arrived in the country Monday, July 21, on an official visit to contribute to the fight against the ongoing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak.

According to the WHO-Liberia Office, Dr. Sambo’s visit to Liberia is also geared toward galvanizing response efforts and to help mobilize the support needed nationally and internationally to control the current outbreak and prevent its further occurrence.

“During his visit, Dr. Sambo will meet high-level government officials, health partners as well as UN representatives to advocate for technical and financial support to contain the outbreak,” WHO-Liberia said in a statement.

As a part of his itinerary, the WHO Africa Regional Director will attend the launch of the Liberia Strategic Plan for Accelerated Response to Re-occurrence of Ebola Epidemic planned for today, July 22, during the National Task Force on EVD meeting at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW). President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, too, is expected to attend the launch of the Plan.

The Strategic Plan outlines key control strategies and activities required to contain the outbreak.

Dr. Sambo is also expected to visit Sierra Leone and the Republic of Guinea, where the virus is also having a toll on the populations of those sisterly nations.

SITUATION IN LIBERIA

Liberia is struggling to contain the deadly virus, which has a fatality rate of 90 percent, according to WHO.

At the moment, 56 persons, who were confirmed to have contracted the virus, have died. However, according to the MOSHW Situation Report #67, released yesterday, at  least 127 deaths have been recorded since the outbreak of the disease on March 22 to present.  Among the 56 confirmed deaths are 12 health workers, who were on the frontline battling the virus. Other are still on the frontline.

As of Sunday, July 20, Lofa County has registered the highest number of cases, 41 persons having contracted the virus. It is followed by Montserrado with 23 and Bong with 4, Nimba, Bomi and Margibi with 1 each.

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