As the Ebola virus disease overwhelms Liberian health workers and global support partners nationwide, stink dirt and perennial flood water continue to swallow most of Monrovia’s major streets.
Some of the nation’s ill-equipped health facilities and the vulnerable health workers have now become and continue to be helpless victims of the deadly Ebola virus in many parts of Liberia.
Professional health commentators have revealed that after the Ebola virus is contained and controlled in the coming months in Liberia, it won’t be surprised that there will be a new brain drain in the nation’s health sector.
The health commentators also expressed the hope that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and global partners are making short and long term plans to train and equip health workers and strengthen institutions in Liberia.
As a result of the embarrassing situation, commuters, businesspeople and ordinary Liberians continue to perpetually encounter difficulties in terms of movement and conveyance of goods and services in several parts of Monrovia.
Sadly, each time there is a heavy pour of rains, most of Monrovia’s strategic streets are engulfed with dirty flood water from the clogged drainages.
For the past several years, residents, businesspeople and other Liberians have complained endlessly with no genuine remedy from the relevant agencies of the Liberian Government.
As the final phase of the Rainy Season draws to an end, some preparations should be made to reconstruct and rehabilitate all of Monrovia’s major streets in order to ensure the free flow of goods, people and services.
Correspondingly, flood water continuously coming out of the clogged drainages contain dangerous air and water borne diseases that are potential threats to human beings, especially the urban dwellers of Monrovia and its environs.
As for the offensive dirt, it always plays sanctuary to deadly insects, wild spiders, scorpions and harmful snakes that are some of the biggest enemies to children and women who throw dirt at the various dumpsites in Monrovia.
Besides, the various dumpsites are also perpetual sanctuaries for mosquito breeding that are also threats to hundreds of homes in densely populated communities in Monrovia and its environs.
Notably, according to health practitioners such areas in Monrovia are where many Liberians and foreign residents suffer from diseases such as malaria, typhoid and other contagious diseases.
Shedding light on the perennial sanitation crisis of Monrovia, health worker Beatrice Sharon Harmon is convinced that diseases, including the deadly Ebola virus, will continue to spread until the Municipal Governments of Monrovia and Paynesville, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) design realistic strategies to remedy the situation.
When contacted, low ranking Public Works officials told the Daily Observer that, sanitation and drainage problems must be tackled by the relevant stakeholders on sustained basis in Monrovia.
Officials of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation told the Daily Observer that the sanitation challenges of Monrovia must be handled with some radical approaches such as breaking down structures over the drainages.