Via The New Dawn, an editorial: Early Warning. After summarizing the situation, the editorial continues:
Government must now put into place all of the urgent and necessary proactive mechanisms against the spread of the Ebola virus here. If the government had not been aware of this sad development, now is the time to move with all of the efforts, including those with international medical charities operating in the country in preparedness for any eventuality in the north of the country.
Our fear has arisen not only out of the news reports of this deadly disease, but the possibility of a spill-over, owing to the constant and daily commerce and trade activities between Liberia and Guinea on one hand, and Liberia and Sierra Leone on the other.
Ebola is contagious and can be contracted through close contact with infected animals, including chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys. The disease also spreads easily between humans. It is most commonly found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, South Sudan and Gabon.
We can only hope and pray that the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare will heed to this EARLY WARNING to move faster in effecting proactive preventative measures to avoid the spread of the virus to Liberia, especially in the counties of Lofa, Bong and Nimba since they share common borders with Guinea’s Forest Region and Eastern Sierra Leone in Kalahun District.