Monrovia’s insurmountable and perennial sanitation crisis could rapidly spread the deadly Ebola virus, a prominent Liberian epidemiologist told the Daily Observer yesterday in Monrovia.
Despite the substantial investment by major stakeholders and global support partners in the crisis- prone sanitation sector, Monrovia continues to be inundated with enormous sanitation challenges and constraints beyond the capacities of sanitation companies.
Regrettably, financial figures cannot easily be obtained from the relevant stakeholders and partners in the sanitation sector, owing to the extensive bureaucracies associated with such tiresome venture.
Epidemiologist Clarence Moses Bright told the Daily Observer that most chronic diseases, especially air and water-borne ones, find their sanctuaries in the volumes of garbage
Stockpiled in slums and other deprived communities in Monrovia and its environs.
Dr. Bright, in an exclusive interview yesterday, disclosed that the Liberian Government and global support partners in the sanitation sector must muster the courage, fortitude and determination to tackle the critical issues of sanitation in robust and radical approaches.
“Citizens, residents and business entities must be made to obey and abide the organic laws that are connected to sanitation in all cities around the country,” Dr. Bright warned.
“If it requires for violators to be arrested and prosecuted and if need be sent to prison for sanitary law violations, such steps should be carried out without fear and favor in the country,” Dr. Bright stressed.
He further pointed out that implementation of sanitary law violations should begin with the highest citizens and officials of government and private sector persons in any part of the country.
Dr. Bright also intimated that the deadly Ebola virus is spreading at a rapid speed becuse many communities, business entities and residents have over the years engaged in bad environmental and unsanitary practices.
“Garbage and used medical dirt are been disposed indiscriminately in crowded communities in many parts of Monrovia and its immediate environs,” Dr. Bright observed.
He stressed the urgent need to institute practical steps that would enhance the general cleaning of the filthy and garbage driven communities and other urban cities in the country.
Epidemiologist Bright also explained that due to the multiple dumpsites created by the municipal governments of Monrovia and Paynesville, multiple disease carriers such as mosquitoes (Malaria) and air and water borne diseases are now entrenched.
Shedding light on strategies being used to contain and control the current Ebola virus, Dr. Bright underscored the urgent need for the change of strategies, planning and execution.
He also recommended that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and global partners must begin now to intensify sensitization and awareness in counties that have not been affected by the deadly Ebola virus.
Dr. Bright urged Liberians to do away with entrenched denial and cultural practices that would hamper the operations of health workers and support national and global partners in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed lives of many Liberians and foreign residents.
The epidemiologist called for the massive support for health workers and media people who are at the frontline in the battle against the deadly Ebola virus that has plagued the nation and wearied people.