Via the Daily Observer: Monrovia’s Insurmountable Sanitation Crisis Could Spread Ebola Virus. Excerpt:
Monrovia’s insurmountable and perennial sanitation crisis could rapidly spread the deadly Ebola virus, a prominent Liberian epidemiologist told the Daily Observer yesterday in Monrovia.
Despite the substantial investment by major stakeholders and global support partners in the crisis-prone sanitation sector, Monrovia continues to be inundated with enormous sanitation challenges and constraints beyond the capacities of sanitation companies.
Regrettably, financial figures cannot easily be obtained from the relevant stakeholders and partners in the sanitation sector, owing to the extensive bureaucracies associated with such tiresome venture.
Epidemiologist Clarence Moses Bright told the Daily Observer that most chronic diseases, especially air and water-borne ones, find their sanctuaries in the volumes of garbage stockpiled in slums and other deprived communities in Monrovia and its environs.
Dr. Bright, in an exclusive interview yesterday, disclosed that the Liberian Government and global support partners in the sanitation sector must muster the courage, fortitude and determination to tackle the critical issues of sanitation in robust and radical approaches.
“Citizens, residents and business entities must be made to obey and abide the organic laws that are connected to sanitation in all cities around the country,” Dr. Bright warned.
“If it requires for violators to be arrested and prosecuted and if need be sent to prison for sanitary law violations, such steps should be carried out without fear and favor in the country,” Dr. Bright stressed.
He further pointed out that implementation of sanitary law violations should begin with the highest citizens and officials of government and private sector persons in any part of the country.
Dr. Bright also intimated that the deadly Ebola virus is spreading at a rapid speed because many communities, business entities and residents have over the years engaged in bad environmental and unsanitary practices.
“Garbage and used medical dirt are been disposed indiscriminately in crowded communities in many parts of Monrovia and its immediate environs,” Dr. Bright observed.
While it's doubtful that one might pick up Ebola from picking over a trash heap, plenty of other diseases could be transmitted that way and doubtless are. With Ebola hijacking West Africa's health systems, treatment of other diseases will likely be scarce and inadequate.