Tolbert Nyenswah, Deputy Health Minister and head of the Incidence Management System has commended the African Union through the Union’s Support to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA) for the interventions they made at various levels to end the Ebola transmission in Liberia.
Mr. Nyenswah made the commendation over the weekend in Monrovia at AU’s Commission dinner for Media practitioners hosted by ASEOWA. The ceremony brought together high profile individuals including medical doctors who study diseases and their origins (epidemiologists) Dr. Shikanga O-tippo as scores of local and international journalists many them assigned at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.
The team is headed by Mrs. Wynne Musabayana
African Union Commission Deputy Head of Communication and Information. While in the country, the team will visit, carry out assessment of impact of ASEOWA in the schools and interview headmasters as well as selected medical facilities, etc and will depart for Sierra Leone and Guinea on May 19.
However, in his statement which catalogued AU’s contributions to the Ebola fight, Mr. Nyenswah said, the organization strongly collaborated with authorities at the Ministry of Health to ensure that Ebola Treatment Centers (ETUs) recorded a zero percent, thereby making the country Ebola transmission free.
After passing 42 days without recording new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), The World Health Organization (WHO) on May 8 declared Liberian Ebola-free, but the official celebration marking that occasion was held on May 11 to the joy of every Liberian and their international partners.
Mr. Nyenswah recalls how ASEOWA team was involved in vigorous community engagement and information dissemination to enable communities to protect themselves.
The exercise was initiated with the aimed that achieved timely respond; weakened the transmission of the EVD and save lives.
The African Union Commission (AUC) initiated preparations for the ASEOWA as a contribution to efforts that addressed the EVD outbreak in West Africa.
The ASEOWA psychosocial team too that aimed to maintain a reliable data of survivors separated their groups into other units, “and in the end, the job was well coordinated and ended so well with the back of Ebla to the ground.”
Other speaker who catalogued AU Commission efforts that ended the Ebola crisis in Liberia was Dr. Julius Okatta, who paid respect to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and all Liberians for the collective support that brought the health crisis to an end.