In support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country and the holding of the special senatorial election, the Ministry of Health Social Welfare has disclosed the deployment of 4700 thermometers at various polling centers across Liberia.
Making the disclosure yesterday at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affair and Tourism on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, the Head of the Incident Management Team, Tolbert Nyenswah, said this in intended to carryout screening during the voting process at the various centers.
According to him, there are also 10,000 sanitizers, including buckets that would be send to all polling statons to help in the washing of hands during the day of voting and to ensure that the preventive measures are keenly observed on the day of the election.
“The safety of the people is paramount to the government of Liberia, especially the Health Ministry as Liberia goes to the special senatorial election on Saturday.”
Mr. Nyenswah said the Ministry of Health would be giving special procedures by the community volunteers who are being recruited to use and control the temperature screening for the election.
“The normal temperature, which is between 35 to 38 will be accepted but voters whose temperature is above 38 will be asked to leave the line and make sure that he or she seek medical care. This is not intended to deny anyone from the voting process,” he disclosed.
He stressed that there are some causes of fever and would be important for anyone found in that category to get medical attention, including malaria, which many people are not treating.
Mr. Nyenswah said the Health Ministry was worried about few counties, which are still having active Ebola cases with Montserrado being one of them, producing 62% of cases received across the country everyday. These include Grand cape Mount, Margibi, Grand Bassa, Bong, Bomi and Sinoe counties, respectively.
He expressed gratitude to the other counties, including Lofa, Nimba, River Cess, Maryland, Grand Gedeh, Gbarpolu and Grand Kru, for steadfastness in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and for not having reported any cases for the past 21 days.
He a urged them to continue until Liberia is announced Ebola- free by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Mr. Nyenswah explained that from,“ November 23 to December 13, there have been 180 confirmed cases in Liberia with Montserrado of 111 cases, Cape Mount 27 cases, Grand Bassa 20, Bong 9, Margibi 15, Sinoe 5 and Bomi 3.”