With just five Ebola cases reportedly left in the country, Africare Liberia Country Representative (CR), Ernest K. Gaie, sees the country turning the page on the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
Mr. Gaie has therefore commended the government and its partners for their concerted efforts to kick the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) out of Liberia.
He also disclosed a ‘Marshal Plan’ which his office, in collaboration with partners, has put in place to spur resources for post-Ebola projects.
Mr. Gaie, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at his Congo Town office in Monrovia last week, said that “As the infection rate continues to drop in the three affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, officials of the United Nations (UN) are no longer describing the virus as a single outbreak, but rather a collection of “micro-outbreaks.” For this we must commend the government for its relentless fight to end the scourge,” Mr. Gaie declared.
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Africare’s offices remained opened in Liberia throughout the Ebola crisis. Liberia was once the epicenter of West Africa's deadly Ebola epidemic. Today there are only five remaining confirmed cases of the disease, highlighting the country's success in halting new infections, Tolbert Nyenswah, head of Ebola’s Incidence Management System said last Friday.
Mr. Nyenswah is also the deputy Health Minister for Curative Services at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW).
The worst Ebola outbreak on record has killed more than 8,600 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Earlier this year at the height of the outbreak in Liberia, hospitals without beds for new patients were forced to turn away victims and bodies were left in the streets.
But a massive international response including the deployment of thousands of military personnel from the United States of America to build treatment centers, plus a relentless public awareness campaign, contributed to the steep decline in infection rates.
"We have five confirmed Ebola cases in Liberia as of today," said Deputy Health Minister Nyenswah.
"It means that we are going down to zero, if everything goes well, if other people don’t get sick in other places."
Three of the remaining cases are reported in Monrovia and the other two in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties, he added.
According to him, Liberia could be free of the virus by the end of next month, but this does not mean people should forget to carry on the preventive measures involving regular washing of hands and avoiding practices that transmit the deadly virus.