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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