‘Liberia Fully Prepared To Fight Any Disease Outbreak’
By Kimberlyn Mckeever & Fanta L. Keita
MONROVIA, July 21 (LINA) – Given the prolong stay of the Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the recent decision of the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the situation a global health emergency, the Director-General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL), Dr. Tolbert Nyenswah, says there is no cause for panic as Liberia is fully prepared to fight the virus in case of any reoccurrence.Nyenswah in an interview with journalists at his office in Monrovia recently indicated that the Government is working closely with its international partners in making sure that Liberia’s health system is resilient enough to fight any outbreak of disease that may occur in the country.
“We are applying surveillance at all entry points of the country through our joint security as a way of securing the citizenry from any epidemic,” Nyenswah said.
He also called on citizens and residents of Liberia to continue to follow all preventative measures that were introduced during the Ebola outbreak in the country in 2014.
Nyenswah, however, pledged the government of Liberia support to helping with the fight against the EVD in the DRC because, according to him, Liberia now has the technical know-how about the disease.
Meanwhile, the NPHIL Director-General has said that the decision by the WHO to declare the EVD outbreak in DRC a global health emergency is in the right direction, but long overdue.
“The EVD outbreak in the DRC is almost a year now and it is now that the WHO is declaring it a global health emergency,” Nyenswah indicated.
The outbreak in DR Congo has killed more than 1,600 people since its first occurance in 2016.