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Border Closure: A Commendable Proactive Decision

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The Liberian Government, through its Minister of Information – Lenn Eugene Nagbe, on Monday, March 21, 2016, announced the closure of all borders with neighboring Guinea.

The government’s pronouncement was against the backdrop of the new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Forest Region of Nzerekoure that has resulted to four deaths. According to the Information Minister, the government has already dispatch teams of medical personnel, equipment, drugs and preventive materials, while security was on the high alert at all borders with Guinea.

Until the renewed Ebola Outbreak is brought under control, the borders will remain closed, the government said in an early UNMIL Radio pronouncement Monday morning. The decision by the Government of Liberia is, no doubt, the most proactive and effective in recent time – an action for which it must be hailed.

Such commendable action only bespeak of the administration’s preparedness, through the national health system (Ministry of Health and partners), to deal with any future outbreak of Ebola or other killer diseases in Liberia.

For us, this is more than appreciable, except that those charged with the responsibility of executing border control in the wake of the renewed Ebola Outbreak in Guinea will have to ensure straight adherence to all of the necessary preventive measures devoid of all odds in the interest of the nation’s safety.

Border security network must also place emphasis on unofficial ports of entry and other bye-passes between Liberia and Guinea to enhance the measures currently being executed by the Government of Liberia.

While we applaud the ongoing proactive efforts of the government, we also appeal to our compatriots along our borders with Guinea as a way of helping the government to ourselves. This entails cooperating with those already deployed at the borders for the purpose of preventing Ebola from crossing over, as well as ensuring adherence to all prescribed preventive measures.


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