‘Surveillance at Liberia’s Borders Key to Prevent Ebola Importation’

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Liberians, foreign residents and other stakeholders in Liberia have urged medical authorities and the Liberian Government to keep watchful eyes on and undertake strict surveillance at Liberia's porous borders in order to prevent the importation of the Ebola virus Disease.

In several interviews conducted by the Daily Observer last week in Monrovia, many citizens reminded the Government and its partners to consider strict surveillance and close monitoring at Liberia’s borders as being critical to keeping Ebola out of the country.

They called on the Government to persistently monitor its borders in order to avoid the transmission of the deadly virus into Liberia again.

Many Liberians also stressed the need for the provision of critically needed logistics that would prevent our Immigration, police and other border patrol officers from yielding to the temptation of compromises and integrity constraints.

The Ebola-weary Liberians also underscored the need for an effective and efficient monitoring of Liberia’s borders with Sierra Leone and Guinea, especially regarding the movement of goods, commerce, trade and services that could lead to resurgence of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.

Many of those interviewed recalled that it was due to some serious lapses at Liberia’s border with Guinea that led to the importation and rapid spread of the deadly virus into and throughout Liberia beginning on March 23, 2014.

They also recommended that an early disease warning system should be established at Liberia’s borders in order to alert health and medical authorities in affected countries of Guinea and Sierra Leone.

They indicated that the early disease warning system could serve as critical instruments that could alarm health and medical institutions and agencies for swift responses and preventive measures in affected areas.

“Critical and sensitive information sharing among medical and other institutions in Ebola virus affected countries could be some of the genuine steps to prevent the spread of multiple diseases,” Liberians emphasized.

Mrs. Elizabeth B. Washington, 48, noted that protecting, monitoring and controlling of people, goods and services among the three affected countries is very much needed.

Mr. Francis M. Kolliewala, 55, said that monitoring and protecting Liberia’s borders is the best ways to eradicate and destroy the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia and its neighbors in the coming months.

Teacher Dolo B. Bartuah, 50, of Morris Farm in Paynesville stressed that monitoring and effectively protecting Liberia’s borders could be good steps that would enhance the eradication of the deadly Ebola virus from the Liberian soil in 2015.

Restaurant operator Madam Beatrice K. Beah, 45, of Central Monrovia said as daily food handlers, protecting and monitoring of goods, people and services would indeed help to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia forever.

Retired nurse Caroline G. Ballah, 64, of West Point intimated that the full protection and monitoring of Liberia’s borders with neighboring countries is long overdue.

“Practical and concrete steps should be instituted now in order to avoid another Ebola outbreak in Liberia from neighboring countries,” Madam Ballah concluded.

Photo: Liberia’s Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh: ‘Protecting and Monitoring Liberia’s Borders, an Imperative’  

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