Sierra Leone and Liberia are expected to hold talks on curbing the deadly Ebola Virus threatening the Mano River Region, Sierra Leone authorities have confirmed.
The region is faced with an outbreak of the dangerous virus that has killed dozens of people in Guinea while four are confirmed dead in Liberia from “a suspected viral hemorrhagic fever."
According to Edward Lebbie, a senior health officer assigned at the Liberia/Sierra Leone Bo-Waterside border post, reports surrounding the virus have scared many travelers from using said border point.
"We have not received any case related to Ebola, but we are very concerned about instituting collective measures in curbing the virus and protecting our people. Based on the urgency of the matter, we will hold a major meeting on Thursday, March 27, with health authorities from both countries," Mr. Lebbie disclosed.
The meeting is expected to be held on the Liberian side of the border with several medical practitioners in attendance. According to sources, several high profile officials from Sierra Leone will participate, although it is unclear whether Liberia will send the same calibre of representatives.
In a brief chat with this publication, Liberia's medical officer assigned at the border, Mrs. Kebbeh Morris, expressed concern over news of the outbreak and advised commuters to be careful while traveling in these areas. She declined to give details on the latest action by her government in addressing the problem, but maintained that plans are underway to address said critical matter.
Issues expected to top the agenda include, "Increasing the number of medical officers at both points of entry and creating more awareness and developing a quick impact program.