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The United States based Wall Street Journal has described Liberian among several countries as the best at learning from recent epidemics when it comes to how the country has so far handle the coronavirus pandemic.

In its recent report on the way countries have around the globe have handled the COID-19 pandemic, the paper notes that Liberia reported 1 Covid-19 death per 55,040 people, something which is a high mark for the country’s health team.

“Liberia, hard hit by the Ebola epidemic in 2014, was one of the first countries to start screening for Covid-19 at airports and to adopt other control measures, such as rapid testing, complete contact tracing and quarantine. Many other countries in Africa, including Senegal and Uganda, also used their experiences from past disease outbreaks to implement swift, expert, comprehensive responses,” the report said.

It comes on the heels of recent statements made by Minister of Health, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, that the news of development of several vaccines to combat the coronavirus is a critical step to winning the unprecedented fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At present, Liberia has recorded 1637 cases. Of that number, 1354 individuals have recovered with 83 deaths, of which only 13 occurred in our treatment facilities.” Dr. Jallah said during a United Nations virtual conference.

Dr. Jallah credited Liberia’s success in containing the spread of the virus to lessons learned during the Ebola pandemic six (6) years ago, and working in solidarity with the United Nations and international partners.
She was, however, quick to point out that despite the success, it was important to avoid complacency; stressing that the fight against COVID-19 will only be over when the virus is completely extinct.

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