‘Liberia Ebola Combat in the Right Direction

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The Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practices of the World Bank, Tim Evans, said Liberia is in the right direction combating the deadly Ebola virus and breaking the transmission.

Speaking yesterday following a tour of Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) and community visitations around Monrovia, Tim Evans said he is impressed with the ETUs and services delivered to patients, especially with Ebola survivors leaving the ETUs.

According to him, the number of ETUs and patients being discharged were an indication that the response is moving in the right direction in containing the epidemic and saving more lives.

The Bank’s Senior Director and health expert explained that his visit to District 7 (West Point) along with the community’s mobilizers was a good one, especially seeing patients who have recovered from Ebola and were integrated into the community as well as those families who lost members and were quarantined by the community for 21 days.

“This kind of activity by the community is encouraging and supportive of the fight against Ebola.”

He also stated that there is need to do more, particularly in strengthening the frontline of community care.

“The World Bank will be looking at collaborating with the Government of Liberia to establish good community care units.  This will help strengthen the health system in Liberia,” he added.

Mr. Evans said a strong healthcare system is the way forward in containing any disease, including Ebola, cholera and many other diseases.

According to the health expert, “We need to seize this opportunity to strengthen the inadequate healthcare system, specifically building community healthcare capacity, building public healthcare libraries and the blood transfusion capacity. These are important health facilities that would uplift the healthcare system in Liberia.”

He urged Liberians to maintain the steps taken in breaking the transmission of the virus and added that with assistance from other international partners, Ebola will pass away.

A representative from the World Bank office in Liberia and Jacob Hughes, from Hughes Development Incorporated, accompanied Tim Evans on the tour.

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