Liberia, Guinea End Ebola Surveillance Meeting


Liberian and Guinean authorities in collaboration with the none governmental organization (NGO)— Global Communities have ended the 4th cross-border surveillance meeting on Ebola response in the Guinean Town of Yomou.
At the meeting, the Administrative Assistant to Bong County Superintendent and cross-border surveillance focal person, Joseph Urey, said the meeting is part of efforts by authorities of the two countries to give updates on the Ebola virus and how they can devise strategies to eliminate it from the region.
As of the updates about the Ebola virus in Liberia, Bong County Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sampson Arzuakoi, told delegates that since the recent outbreak of the virus in Margibi County there has been no new confirmed case of the virus in Liberia. The Margibi incidence led to the death of a 17-year-old boy prompting health authorities to quarantine several other persons suspected of coming in contact with the deceased.
Dr. Arzuakoi said the Bong County health team in collaboration with the Ministry of Health is intensifying surveillance activities to ensure that transmission is curbed in the country.
For their part, Guinean government officials thanked their Liberian counterparts for organizing the meeting to ensure that Ebola is kicked out of the region.
In a related development, the Bong County Chapter of the Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS), has donated several non-food items to Ebola survivors and care-givers in Taylor Town, Yellequelleh District.
Liberia News Agency (LINA) Bong County correspondent described the Taylor Town as one of the hardest-hit communities during the Ebola crisis in the county last year.
LNRCS Bong County trainer, Eric Tengbeh, said 30 survivors and care-givers benefited from the gesture.
Tengbeh named mattresses, cooking utensils, shower slippers, laundry soap, lappers and hand washing buckets and women clothing as some of the items donated.
Beneficiaries lauded the red cross for identifying with them and called on other humanitarian organizations to extend their humanitarian assistance to them.
They also said the Ebola crisis affected their faming activities and appealed to other agriculture-related NGO to help them with seeds and farming implements.


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