As national statistics indicate a sharp decrease in the number of Ebola cases in the country, Grand Bassa is predicting an “Ebola free Christmas” celebration this year.
According to the County’s Superintendent, Madam Etweda S. Cooper, Grand Bassa County is getting sophisticated in combating the Ebola virus to the point where every citizen of the county is getting involved in the fight.
In an exclusive Daily Observer interview recently, Madam Cooper bragged of securing five ambulances, the Chinese medical supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other financial and moral support from companies and individuals including, but not limited to Arcelor Mittal and other corporate entities.
The five ambulances, though not enough to cover the entire county, are cardinal to achieving the goal set by local authorities to celebrate an Ebola-free Christmas, the Grand Bassa Superintendent said.
She said the arrival of an additional three new ambulances and other logistical reinforcements to the county have caused significant improvement in contact tracing, emergency response and caring for the affected by the County Health office and other privately owned medical facilities.
Madam Cooper praised the U.S. Military Force for constructing a giant-size Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in the port city of Buchanan, which she said brings hope to citizens already devastated by the virus outbreak in the country.
She noted that like other parts of the country, Ebola has broken down the county’s economy, forcing many investments to shut their doors.
According to her, many investors have left the country, while businesses are scaling down, leaving the Liberian people in untold suffering which requires substantial interventions.
“We have a strong and robust taskforce that is up to the task in dealing with cases from our various electoral and statutory districts around the county.
“Even though there have not been any new cases reported in the county, yet we are hoping that it stays that way during and after Christmas.
“I can assure the general public that with the system instituted, inclusive of the monitoring and contact tracing program, Grand Bassa will shortly be an Ebola-free environment and we’re confident about that,” Madam Cooper declared.
Among Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the West African countries hardest hit by the EVD, Liberia was the worst affected, topping the list of Ebola deaths.
However, since late October, Liberia has continued to experience a significant decline in the number of Ebola cases nationwide.