The Saint Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Congo Town, suburb of Monrovia resumes operation this Monday, 24th November after being badly hit by the deadly Ebola virus.
The hospital, one of the longest serving health institutions in Liberia, suffered huge casualties from the deadly Ebola outbreak when it lost several nurses, doctors and a Priest to the virus at the peak of the outbreak here between July and August.
The institution was subsequently shutdown as part of vigorous preventive measures by the administration to avoid further infection of its staff. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had a meeting with the Catholic Archdiocese in Monrovia to discuss the reopening of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital.
The President expressed heartfelt condolences to the Catholic Archbishop for the loss of health workers, who risked their lives to save the Liberian people during the peak of the outbreak.
Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia has declared all beaches in the country closed for the November 29th commemoration of the birth of the Liberia’s 18th President William V.S. Tubman. The authorities here say the action is necessary to avoid bodily contacts in mass gathering.
The Deputy Minister for Public Affairs at the Ministry of Information, Mr. Isaac Jackson, said the Liberia National Police has been empowered by to deal with anyone, who will violate the government’s rules by going on the beach on 29th November.
Earlier, the government had warned beach owners not to allow their beaches to be over crowded to avoid bodily contacts, but the authorities have gone a step further by declaring all beaches closed on that day.
Deputy Minister Jackson also reminded schools across the country to start getting ready for the resumption of classes. He called on school authorities to start cleaning up their various campuses because Liberia is recording a decrease in the Ebola virus, adding that schools will resume immediately when the country achieves zero cases.