The Director for Global Health at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Tom Kenyon, says there is progress in response to the fight against Ebola by Liberians, unlike the past when denial overshadowed the fight.
Dr. Kenyon, who is visiting Liberia with two other high profile U.S. officials, told a press briefing last Wednesday that people have begun to respond positively to health messages and preventive measures.
He added that the erections of additional treatment units are also helping to reduce the risk of spreading the disease and exposing victims to more health hazards.
Dr. Kenyon, who earlier visited Liberia along with CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, attributed the rapid spread of the virus to movements of people and congested treatment centers that do not provide enough space for suspected patients to be accommodated.
With such congested conditions, suspected cases could easily contract the virus because of close contact with confirmed cases.
He also clarified that the Liberian who came down with Ebola in the U.S.A. was not diagnosed here in Liberia, but came down after spending several days in the U.S.
Other officials that came with the CDC Global Health Director are Assistant Administrator of USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, Nancy Lindborg, and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, Michael D. Lumpkin.
Ms. Nancy Lindborg, in her remarks, said they had visited some ETUs around Monrovia and found out that the disease was claiming the lives of families.
She expressed regret about the situation and said the partnership between Liberia and the U.S. can successfully fight to save lives.
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict, Michael D. Lunmpkin, said the presence of U.S. troop in Liberia is meant to provide technical assistance in various areas of specialty for the fight against Ebola.
He stated that building ETUs, some recommended technical works at the Roberts International Airport as well as the construction of a 25-bed field hospital for health workers are some of the work that the U.S. troops are here to do.
Meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, during a reception earlier, told Liberian officials and diplomats that the U.S. officials were here to inspect the level of work done in Liberia and other Ebola affected countries.
She urged Liberians and partnering diplomats to join in the mission to eradicate the Ebola disease.