Via The New Dawn: Monrovia declared Ebola epic-center. Excerpt:
The co-chair of the national Ebola task force, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, says as a matter of coordinating county and district efforts in the Ebola fight, “Monrovia has been turned into a center all by itself,” due to the incidents of infections in certain areas of the capital.
During a consultative meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday, August 14, the task force heard that more cases were still emerging in Monrovia as Bomi citizens are trying to by-pass the Clay Checkpoint to enter Monrovia.
Though minister Dukuly reported that Lofa, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties have already been quarantined “with some success,” he said he has begun engaging the military and police to extend the checkpoint at St. Paul Bridge because Bomi citizens are trying to by-pass the checkpoint in Clay to enter the capital.
For his part, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, proposed a routine screening of people at community levels because Monrovia is a highly congested area. He fears that if there is an outbreak in very congested areas like Soniwhein, Clara Town and West Point, it poses a very serious problem for Monrovia.
Mr. Samukai proposed further that the West Point and Duala Markets be completely shut down to restrict movements in these areas, but other members of the task force feared it could pose economic problems. The defense boss insists that there is no way West Point and Duala can be isolated without closing the market there, saying “if you can’t contain, you can’t resolve.”
He said one problem being faced is that religious people in the affected counties, especially Lofa, adding that the “Islamic faith” is not listening and respecting Ebola preventive measures. Liberia’s Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah said Ebola had in the past been dealt with in rural areas of those countries that had the experience.
But “unfortunately” for Liberia, he said with the situation now in the highly populated capital, Monrovia, the Health Ministry may not be able to take care of the influx of cases right now no matter how many isolation units are opened.