MOH Launches National Surveillance Program

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    The Ministry of Health (MOH) has launched a national surveillance program to contain any future outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in the country.
    Making the disclosure yesterday at the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Amos Gborie from the Incident Management System (IMS) explained that the new initiative is to combat the Ebola situation in Liberia.
    He said the Ministry of Health and partners will conduct a swab on all bodies to enable to detect the status of the body before burial, including those rural areas.
    “Swabbing is cheek or mouth swab that will be performed on dead bodies to detect the possible presence of Ebola virus and such swab analysis will help to assist families by providing them options to the burial of their deceased relatives,” he said.
    Mr. Gborie explained that Liberia has the capacity to test all bodies across the country.
    “The initiative will continue until Guinea and Sierra Leone are free of the Ebola virus disease,” he stated.
    The Ministry of Health is taking full initiative of all bodies in Liberia, he said for their burial.
    The Swabbing Team would work with the Burial Team and a body is without the virus, the family would decide to carry out the burial or give the body to the burial team for burial, Mr. Gborie explained.
    He said the MOH would begin educating the public through fliers, placards, billboards, and songs within the various local dialects to ensure that community dwellers remain part of the initiative in reporting those who die.
    He said the MOH will also engage the National Traditional Council to inform those in the rural areas about the current initiative.
    “We have trained people within the 15 counties and equipped them to undertake this national endeavor,” he added, “We are supporting such a plan because our neighbors are experiencing the Ebola situation and we need to observe all preventive measures.”

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