Liberians Told “Ebola Is Still Here”

Ebola bodies being loaded in a pickup last week for cremation in Paynesville, outside Monrovia
Ebola bodies being loaded in a pickup last week for cremation in Paynesville, outside Monrovia

The Ministry of Health Contact Tracing Consultant, Dr. Mosoka Fallah, has told Liberians to be mindful that the Ebola virus is still in the country and they must continue to observe all preventive measures, after the virus has claimed over 2,500 lives.

He observed that most Liberians have returned to their normal lifestyle such as hugging, shaking hands and gathering at beaches, adding, “This act on the part of many people is wrong.”

Speaking at the Information Ministry daily Ebola press briefing on Tuesday in Monrovia, Dr. Fallah said citizens relaxing adherence to preventive measures at this crucial time would make it difficult to eradicate the virus from the country.

“Residents of some communities have stopped washing their hands and have gone back to their normal way of life. This should not be the case,” the Health Ministry official stressed.

In a related development, a 100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) is under construction in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County by personnel of the U.S. Army.

Making the disclosure to journalists in Buchanan Monday, head of team, US Army Major Tony Castillo, said the project is expected to be completed by November 18 and turned over to the government.

Major Castillo disclosed that the U.S. Army has also recruited Liberian contractors to assist in the construction work.

The Buchanan ETU is one of 17 the U.S. Army, working with its Liberian counterpart, is to construct in the 15 counties under a US government project.

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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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