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Break chain of transmission – US Ambassador urges Liberians

The United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, is urging Liberians to join the fight in breaking the chain of transmitting the deadly Ebola virus. She said that the United States Government, USAID and the Center for Disease Control and prevention are partnering with the Government of Liberia to eradicate Ebola from here and the entire West Africa.

Ambassador Malac said the United States has opened a Laboratory at the Liberia Institute of Biological Research to conduct tests, adding that the laboratory did not exist in April prior to experts coming to build the capacity in Liberia.

She said there is an Ebola testing center at the Island Land Clinic on Bushrod Island and another at ELWA or LY 2 before the arrival of Major General Darius Williams with his military colleagues to Liberia. She also spoke of a treatment center in Bong County, being supported by the US Government.

The American envoy noted that a tester has been brought into the country that can allow infected persons or suspects carry on their tests and have results the same day, noting that measures help to save lives and reduce the possibility of transmitting the virus.

Ambassador Malac said strategy provided by President Barrack Obama on September 16, 2014 is to control the epidemic in West Africa. Therefore, they are supporting the coordination of the National Response on Infection Prevention and Control, including training of healthcare workers and health center staff.

She said training of healthcare workers and health center staff is not only for Ebola patients, but also to help restore basic health services across Liberia, saying, “Infection control is important so that all health workers can be saved in the areas they work and patients themselves.” 

Ben Kermoway, Deputy Leader for the  Center for Disease Control and Prevention also emphasized on breaking the chain of infection while support is being provided to the Government of Liberia National Response team. He said the CDC is building 17 ETUS throughout the country and supporting the establishment of 56 safe burial teams to ensure that all areas in Liberia have access to safe and timely burial services.

Dr. Henry Woart, Chief bacterial special pathogen branch CDC, said that in order to break the chain of transmission, four areas should be targeted; households, healthcare workers, transportation and various practices such as traditional practices.

He also emphasized the need to train airport workers so that they can be able to verify people who are coming and going out of the country. Dr. Woart then assured the Government of Liberia that the CDC will remain in the country until the epidemic is stopped.

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