Government Imposes Curfew and Quarantine to Contain the Spread of Ebola in Monrovia
The Government, supported by citizens group and partners, continue to work assiduously to combat the Ebola virus. There has been some success - the several persons who have been freed from the disease - the structure and systems that have been put in place, the human and financial resources that we have mobilized and a stabilization in a few the Response Communities. But we have been unable to control the spread due to continued denials, cultural burying practices, disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by the Government.
As a result and due to the large population concentration the disease has spread widely in Monrovia and environs.
It has thus become necessary to impose additional sanctions to curb the spread overall and particularly in those areas of intensity.
Now therefore, the following measures are to be urgently enforced:
- The communities of West Point in Monrovia and Dolo Town in Margibi are quarantined under full security watch. This means that there will be no movements in and out of those areas;
- All entertainment centers are to be closed;
- All video centers are to be closed at 6:00 p.m.;
- Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Fellow citizens, these measures are meant to save lives and make the Government’s efforts to combat this disease made more effective and timely. If we can all do our part, we can defeat this disease. With your support and participation, we can return to our normal activities.
May God bless us all and save the State.
DR Congo Dispatches Five Medical Experts to Help Liberia's Ebola Fight
The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced it will dispatch a five man professional medical team to Liberia on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 to help the fight against the deadly Ebola Disease. The five man team will include two medical doctor and three para-medical professionals.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, the decision to send the medical team to aid Liberia in its Ebola fight was made by His Excellency President Joseph Kabila Kabange through the efforts of the Embassy of the DR Congo accredited near Monrovia.
The release said the Special Medical Team from the DR Congo will be led by Professor, Dr. Muyembe Tafum Jean Jaques, Coordinator of the DR Congo Ebola Control Team. Other members of the team are Dr.Mukendi Kalambayi, Internist in charge of Control Infection, Mr. Muyembe Baby, Lab Technician in charge of collecting, keeping and controlling specimens, Mr.Yongolele Riziki, Biologist in charge of Bio-Security and Mrs.Akonga Okito, Lab Technician and Analyst. Full story...
Air Travel: Putting things into prospective
Currently, there are only 3 airlines flying into and out of Liberia with one of them Delta Airlines set to suspend flights as of August 30, 2014
To those who are considering leaving or coming into Liberia your only travel options are:
Delta Airlines to Accra Ghana and the USA until August 30, 2014 when Delta stops flying into Liberia.
Royal Air Moroc to Casablanca and beyond
SN Brussels Airways to Brussels and beyond.
The situation is that as of August 30th when Delta stops flying to Liberia your options for air travel will be limited to Brussels in Europe or Casablanca in North Africa. With Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea land borders closed and with Ivory Coast refusing us entry, there will be no way for Liberians to travel by air or road to any neighboring Country in West Africa including Ghana.
Ghana cholera outbreak at 'staggering' level
Accra - A cholera outbreak in Ghana's capital has reached "staggering" levels, an official said on Friday, blaming poor sanitation and overcrowded health facilities for the rapid spread of the disease.
Cholera has killed more than 40 people in Accra since June and infected 3 100 others, according to the Ghana Health Service.
While the sprawling city has been hit by cholera before, the director of health services for the greater Accra region, Linda Van Otoo, said the current outbreak was "staggering".
"It is a total outbreak and the cases in Accra keep increasing daily," Otoo said. "We are in a pandemic situation and doing our best to deal with it." Full story...
Ebola: What Is It and How Do You Get It
The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the body fluids (blood, urine, feces, saliva, and other secretions) of a person who is sick with the Ebola virus, or with objects like needles that have been contaminated with the virus, or infected animals. A person infected with the Ebola virus is not contagious until symptoms appear. The Ebola virus is not spread through the air or by food or water.
To prevent exposure to the Ebola virus, avoid all skin, eye, or mucous membrane contact with the blood or bodily fluids of a known or suspected person who has been infected with the virus, including deceased persons; avoid contact with objects contaminated with blood or bodily secretions from persons infected with the virus; never eat "bushmeat" (wild animals, including primates and fruit bats, that are sometimes sold as food in local markets); and use all recommended personal protective equipment when handling animal carcasses, especially fresh meat that has not been dried or preserved. In addition, health care workers and emergency response personnel should rigorously adhere to the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) infection prevention and control recommendations.
The onset of the Ebola virus occurs within 2 to 21 days after exposure. Any person who meets both of the following criteria is advised to seek immediate medical care:
(1) A fever combined with additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhaging; and
(2) Contact within 21 days before the onset of symptoms with any of the following: (a) blood or other body fluids; (b) human remains of a patient known or suspected to have the Ebola virus; (c) a health care facility treating patients confirmed to have the Ebola virus; (d) travel to an area where transmission of the Ebola virus is active; or (e) direct handling of bats, rodents, or bushmeat.