Abandoned Ebola Measures Worry Liberians, Partners

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Once again, terrifying predictions about the deadly Ebola virus resurfacing have begun to worry Liberians, health authorities and international partners fighting to stamp out its spread in some areas of the country.

Such predictions and many other startling revelations by medical experts and Ebola task forces point accusing fingers at some Liberians returning to complacency, old habits and ignoring the health measures issued by medical authorities.

During the weekend the Daily Observer visited some communities hard hit by Ebola to observe compliance with preventive measures instituted by the Liberian Government and international partners since the outbreak of the deadly virus in the country.

Some of the communities visited by the Daily Observer to obtain comments and views were Soul Clinic, Wood Camp and Pipeline Road in the municipality of the Paynesville commercial district.

In several encounters with community residents, their expressions were those of worry, frustration and discouragement.

They feel that that many Liberians and foreign residents alike are returning to complacency and ignoring the general Ebola preventive measures established by medical authorities in Liberia.

Notably, residents of those communities have abandoned the regular washing of hands, and have resumed shaking hands and hugging one another.

The Daily Observer also noticed the conspicuous absence of the hundreds of Ebola buckets distributed by aid agencies, private citizens and non-governmental organizations.

Another worrisome violation is that that a majority of the motorcyclists were observed transporting three to four passengers per trip in the Soul Clinic, Pipeline Road and Wood Camp communities in Paynesville.

Moreover, commercial vehicle operators, with the acceptance of commuters, are also taking more passengers than required by the health authorities as the demand for transport rises.

Private vehicle owners have also joined the bandwagon to transport relatives, friends and loved ones over the recommended capacity seemingly forgetting about the Ebola risk.

In various interviews in the three Ebola-hit communities many people cautioned Liberians to desist with immediate effect from the dangerous practices and habits of overcrowding, shaking hands, hugging and unsafe burials.

“As Liberians, graduating steadily from the menace of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, we should continue to observe and uphold the health measures announced by health authorities and partners in all parts of our country,” businesswoman Martha B. Willie pleaded.

 “Let us maintain the splendid pace we as Liberians have kept in containing the deadly virus,” Madam Willie admonished.

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