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The head for the Government’s Incidence Management System on the Ebola Virus Disease, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyensuah, says Liberia continues to make tremendous progress in its ongoing fight against the virus.
Addressing reporters Wednesday, 14 January 2015 in a daily briefing at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Minister Nyensuah said 13 of the countries’ 15 political subdivisions have reported zero cases, while two counties have had Ebola suspected cases.
He named counties being affected as Grand Cape Mount and Montserrado, detailing that Grand Cape Mount had reported two cases recently in Dewein District, which is a current hot spot that needs serious focus.
The Assistant Minister also said here, in Montserrado County, four centers have reported new cases in the last 21 days.
He added that Lofa County, which was one of the hottest spots of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, is now making tremendous improvements since ninety (90) days now, and should keep on the fight against the Ebola Virus to maintain zero case.
According to the Minister, the entire Liberia has had only ten (10) Ebola cases reported in various ETUs since the New Year, adding, “Any number above zero is too high”.
He narrated that Nimba County, after 60 days reported a case from Tuo District inside Guinea where a girl was infected and 46 contact persons were traced and later brought to the Ebola Treatment Center inside Liberia for treatment.
Margibi County also reported suspected cases in a town called Lonyfaye and since 16 to 18 days, there have been no reported case in Margibi, but there is an ongoing 21 days observation to be followed by a huge integration program in Lonyfaye town hall in Margibi on the fight against Ebola, he said.
Minister Nyensuah also urged community dwellers to stay engaged in a thorough fight against the Ebola Virus in order to become Ebola freed.
Meanwhile, the Assistant minister has thanked international partners for their support in the fight against the deadly virus, including UNCEF, CDC, MSF, and WHO, among others in kicking Ebola out of Liberia and the world at large.