The Health Promoters’ Network of Liberia (HPNL) has commended the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and partners for stepping up the campaign against the Ebola virus disease (EVD), in the wake of the recent re-occurrence of the deadly disease in the country.
The Network said the Government of Liberia, through the Health Ministry, along with their partners, has not sat supinely or folded their hands but have stood up to the challenge the disease poses.
“Because of the hard work of the Ministry and partners, the virus was largely contained in Lofa, which was Liberia’s epicenter because of its very closeness to Guinea, where the worst casualties are occurring daily from the virus, which has also now crossed over to Sierra Leone as well,” the group said in a release.
They said they are troubled by this recent outbreak, which has claimed the lives of at least seven persons, four of which died at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town and of the four was a nurse.
“We want to express our sympathy to the family of the nurse, who died in the line of duty. Our sympathy also goes to all the families who have lost their loved one since the outbreak of this disease in Liberia,” Mr. Victor Seah, HPNL Coordinator sympathizes.
Meanwhile, HPNL is appealing to MOH and all health partners to work with all community-based organizations (CBOs) and health groups in the fight to halt the spread of the virus and provide the right pieces of information for the prevention against the Ebola virus.
HPNL said its members, including civil society, doctors, nurses, social workers and journalists will conduct series of nationwide campaigns and public awareness against the spread of the disease.
“HPNL, congratulate all health workers in the country for diligently up holding the ethic and standards during this difficult time of Ebola attack,” the Network’s statement said.
The group also thanked MOH and other health partners including the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, for providing personal protective equipment PPE, to health workers, who are exposed to the treat from Ebola and other contagious diseases, like HIV and AIDS.