Via the Daily Observer: ‘Ebola is Escalating’. Excerpt:
The Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) says the current spread of the deadly Ebola virus is escalating. He warned that efforts must be multiplied to urgently contain it.
This can be done with collective efforts of government, citizens and international partners, he said.
The LNRCS secretary general, Fayiah Tamba, said that the latest confirmation from Bong, Bomi and suspected cases in Grand Gedeh Counties is an indication that the spread of the virus is now rapid and troubling.
Mr. Tamba also warned the general public to do away with the concept of denial and follow all precautionary measures, including regular hand washing and avoiding close contact with sick persons suspected of the virus.
Mr. Tamba stressed the Red Cross will continue to scale up its vigorous operation in seven counties including, Bong and Bomi, where Ebola cases have been reported.
Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Mano River Union, it has claimed over 660 lives in the three affected country with Guinea receiving more fatalities followed by Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is now the largest in history with more than one thousand cases and 660-deaths while more than 240 of the cases and 127-deaths occurred in Liberia.
“The Red Cross is complementing government efforts in the areas of social mobilization and awareness, contact tracing, psychosocial counseling and providing survivor kits to victims since the outbreak,” Mr. Tamba said.
Mr. Tamba also disclosed that The Red Cross, in addition to its regular services, has agreed for now to assist the Ministry of Health in the area of dead body management and burial of Ebola victims in Montserrado.