The paradox of Ebola epidemic started from onset of the disease outbreak in Liberia. First was the denial. The International medical humanitarian organization Medicine Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned of its devastation and cried for action, very few, took notice.
Fear, anxiety and the slow response from Government and the International community were paradoxes ’in the prevention and control of Ebola. Finally, the paradox of Ebola Virus Disease could best be explained by its mode of transmission. Most Liberians lost their lives because of their compassion, love and care for humanity.
Today, we notice the efforts put in place to control Ebola, the disappointment of every Liberia when a new case was identified. No longer are we in the era of denial, fear and anxiety. Control and prevention effort is now placed on stopping stigma and discrimination of Ebola survivors, educating the public about the danger of complacency and ensuring the total eradication of EVD from Liberia.
To declare Liberia free of Ebola, we need to identify every person that came in contact with the last positive case and place them in quarantine. The contact tracing programme has to be enhanced.
As we seek to implement lessons learned in our fight to defeat Ebola in future outbreak, we urge Government and the International community to focus on reducing the factors that contributed in the first place to the high Ebola mortality.
The challenges ahead and the difficult choices that we need to make in the absence of established treatment for Ebola further explain the paradox of Ebola Virus Disease. While a large number of children orphaned by the Ebola virus now receive housing, education and other form of welfare, the country still has to deal with accounting for the huge amount of funds spent to control EVD.
There is an urgent need for transparency and the sharing of information as well as data. The need for greater coalition, collaboration and coordination cannot be over-emphasized. We have come a long way and therefore need to remain on course.
The Ebola outbreak is not over until there are zero cases in the entire country for 42 days. We should be constantly reminded that our neighboring countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea are not out of the wood yet. According to Margaret Harris, “No one can make any specific predictions on when the Ebola outbreak will be over” Therefore, the control of our porous borders (Land frontiers must be a priority. The road to safety is long but the destination to an Ebola free country can be reached.
To ensure that we are totally free, we need to wake people up and put in place permanent systems. We also need to educate our children through the stories and information we provide them with.
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