Via FrontPageAfrica.com, an April 4 report WHO Provides Materials to MOH to Curtail Spread of Ebola in Liberia. Click through for the full report and a 3:41 video. Excerpt:
Monrovia - In the wake of efforts by the Government of Liberia and its partners to curtail the spread of the deadly Ebola Disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) has provided several working tools for health workers.
The tools include: Cover-all, Utility Gloves, Body Bags, Powdered Latex Gloves, surgical gowns, Face masks and sprayers amongst others. Presenting the materials at the Ministry of Health Friday, the WHO Country Representative to Liberia Dr. Nester Ndayimirje said the materials will help protect health workers who are catering to patients with suspected Ebola cases and other cases.
WHO Country Rep. also disclosed that a number of foreign experts are in Liberia to assist the government in providing the necessary guidance on the intervention. The WHO officials said the government of Liberia through the health Ministry has given clearance to an international Laboratory group to come to Liberia and work.
Prior to the team’s arrival, samples of suspected Ebola cases were sent to Lyon, France for testing. The results usually take more than a week to verify whether a person has contracted the Ebola virus or not.
Said Dr. Ndayimirije: “These are the support the WHO has promised in tackling the Ebola Epidemic. With these support and giving information for all to know and hear about the virus, the Maximum time Frame for the Virus in Liberia will be two weeks.”
The WHO official challenged the Liberian government and its Citizens to treat the situation as a National Security issue by combating the fear and Panic and address the problems relating to the deadly illness.
Receiving the items on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is away from the country on a foreign mission, internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly commended the WHO for the gesture and all the organization has done in Africa to curtail the Epidemic. He denied comments made by some individuals that the President is doing nothing to curtail the spread of the Epidemic.
He claimed that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has repeatedly pleaded with international organizations and governments to assist Liberia in tackling the epidemic with the necessary equipment and expertise that is not found in Liberia.
Said Minister Dukuly: “For anyone to insinuate that the President is not running the government is untrue because the President is very involved and concern about the well-being of citizens judging by the evidence of the involvement of UNMIL, the US embassy, and other Friendly international partners.”
Minister Dukuly warned Liberians against politicizing the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia. “No government can invite an epidemic of this type on its citizens and when it happens, it becomes a National concern no one should play cheep politic with Ebola, Ebola is not a political issue, it is life and death and when people are trying to contain and eliminate it do not politicize it for cheep gains,” he added.
It's a hopeless dream to depoliticize Ebola or any other serious disease outbreak. As soon as people get sick, everyone wants to know what the government is doing (or not doing) about it.