Ellen Meets County Health Officials, Partners On Ebola War

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressing the Nation in Monrovia on the National Plan to Combat Ebola
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf addressing the Nation in Monrovia on the National Plan to Combat Ebola

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has recommitted government’s efforts to contain the Ebola Virus Disease in the country, the Health Ministry said Monday.

Meeting wit health officials, the Liberian leader said frantic efforts are being made, with support from partners, to ensure that people and communities affected by the virus are provided the needed care and support.

 President Johnson-Sirleaf spoke on Sunday during the Ebola County Response Consultative Meeting in Monrovia with County Health Officers, Superintendents and Technical partners.

 The Liberian Leader, however, stressed that the Ebola situation   should not be turned into a humanitarian crisis because Liberians are striving to be a self-sufficient people.

On messaging, President Johnson-Sirleaf called for Ebola messages to be simple, clear, and standardized in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare so that our people can make informed decisions about their health.

 Also speaking during the workshop, consultants from WHO, UNICEF, CDC, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, lauded the efforts of government in interrupting the transmission of the virus but emphasized that messages of hope should be developed and disseminated to the public on Ebola.

 They also said that infected persons should get the needed treatment and care to help them recover from the disease. Other speakers included Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale, workshop participants, and partners who called for practical steps and community engagements in addressing the Ebola crisis in Liberia.

 The two day consultative workshop was organized by the Ebola Incident Management Committee to orientate counties on the various components for an effective response system, finalize county Ebola Task Force, and discuss common challenges and mitigation actions.

 Meanwhile, WHO Assistant Director-General, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, has re-assured the government and people of Liberia of WHO’s commitment and support in bringing the Ebola virus under control.

Experts from Uganda, Congo Democratic Republic, UNICEF, WHO, MSF, Red Cross, CDC and other partners are in the country to support efforts by government and partners in containing the spread of the Ebola virus.

 Also in the country is the Director of the Center for Disease Control, Tom Frieden who will hold discussion with Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale. Dr. Frieden will hold a press conference on Tuesday at 9:30 AM at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

 Ebola spreads through physical contact with a victim of the disease. The virus also spreads through: sweat, saliva, blood, by touching the vomit or urine of somebody who is sick with Ebola. Avoid touching dead bodies or body fluids or materials of infected Ebola persons. Seeking early treatment improves a person chance of recovery. Make use of the hotline number where the public can call to get Ebola-related information. The number is 4455.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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