National Ebola Response Update 30th January, 2015
School re-opening postponed, but work continues on making schools safe.
Today the Government of Liberia announced that the date for re-opening schools has been pushed back to February 16. The re-opening date had been February 2. Schools now will use February 2-16 to do training and take other steps to make schools safe. The Ministries of Education and Health are working closely withthe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) cluster, UNICEF and other partners, County Health Teams, and School Districts to put protective measures in place in schools. Click here for more details.
National Ebola Response Update (Zero cases must be everyone’s goal): 12th January, 2015
We were pleased to welcome the new Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Ismail Ahmed to Liberia last week. UNMEER is a very important partner to the Liberian people in our fight against Ebola. Mr. Ahmed and other U.N. dignitaries traveled to Grand Cape Mount County to see for themselves how the outbreak is evolving. They met with traditional and religious leaders and health officials in Robertsport to learn what else is needed to control the outbreak. Good progress has been made in bringing down the overall number of cases, but there is much more to be done. Mr. Ahmed said zero cases must be everyone’s goal. He also said we need to scale up our efforts to re-establish basic social services, strengthen health services, and support economic activity. Click here for more details.
October 29, 2014: WHO says rate of new cases appears to be slowing down in Liberia.
World Health Organization officials on Wednesday said they see “glimmers of hope” in Liberia, the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic, with strong evidence that the rate of new cases is declining for the first time since the crisis began.
Bruce Aylward, the WHO’s assistant director-general in charge of the operational response, said during a news conference in Geneva that he is both cautiously optimistic and terrified about the news. For more information, please click here
September 02, 2014 Press Release on the EBOLA Situation in Liberia
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in collaboration with NGO partners will embark on a mass chlorination of wells and water points, and the distribution of hygiene promotion items including soap, acquatabs, buckets, and fliers in targeted communities in Monrovia and surrounding areas. Click here to download the full Press Release.
August 25, 2014 Press Release on the EBOLA Situation in Liberia
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has recommitted government’s efforts to contain the Ebola Virus Disease in the country. She said frantic efforts are being made, with support from partners, to ensure that people and communities affected by the virus are provided the needed care and support. President Johnson-Sirleaf spoke on Sunday during the Ebola County Response Consultative Meeting in Monrovia with County Health Officers, Superintendents and Technical partners. Click here to download the full Press Release.
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PRESS RELEASE on the EBOLA Virus disease epidemic in Liberia, July 22, 2014.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reaffirmed that the Ebola outbreak in the country is a National Emergency, and has called on all Liberians and residents within the borders of Liberia, to join the government and partners in the fight against the deadly virus. Speaking on Tuesday July 22nd during the Ebola National Task Force Meeting at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Congo Town, President Sirleaf described the Ebola outbreak as very serious and requires urgent attention and the involvement of all including government officials, religious and traditional leaders, and the general public to take the message out to their various communities in order to contain any further spread of the disease. Click here do download the full press release.
PRESS RELEASE on the EBOLA Virus disease epidemic in Liberia, July 10, 2014.
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and partners have stepped up efforts aimed at interrupting the transmission and spread of the Deadly Ebola virus in the general population including training and sensitization of health workers and the provision of protective materials.
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EBOLA Virus Disease Communique
Following the emergence of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa and the threat it poses to regional and global public health, The World Health Organization (WHO) convened a two-day emergency meeting of Ministers of Health and Partners, from 2-3 July 2014 in Accra Ghana. Click here to download the full document.
PRESS RELEASE on the EBOLA Virus disease epidemic in Liberia, June 24, 2014.
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has instituted several safety measures to prevent health workers from exposure to the Ebola virus at various health facilities throughout the country. The measures come in the wake of reports that some health workers are NOT adhering to infection control measures in handling patients, especially those suspected of being infected with Ebola. Click here to download the full press release.
PRESS RELEASE on the EBOLA Virus disease epidemic in Liberia, June 23, 2014.
Health Ministers from Mano River Union countries have ended a one day meeting in the Guinean Capital, Conakry, with a call to strengthen collaboration among member countries in preventing and controlling the spread of the Ebola Virus. The Ministers agreed to put in place a common framework for consultations and coordination, and to harmonize means of diagnosis for biomedical laboratories. Click here to download ther full press release.
The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, reports a fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia. A 38-year old man from Wondu town, Lofa County, was laboratory confirmed on June 6, 2014. The man fell sick after travelling to
Bundu town, Kailahun District, Sierra Leone, to attend the funeral of his mother who died in, Bundu, Kailahun District. Upon his return to Liberia, specimens were collected after he showed signs and symptoms of the Ebola Virus. Our health team with the support of partners have isolated the patient in the isolation center in Foyah for health care and to prevent the spread of the virus.
Contact tracing is ongoing to ensure that those who came in contact with the patient are also located and closely observed for signs and symptoms of the disease. Our field team is also meeting with chiefs, traditional, religious, and community leaders for their involvement in locating “contacts” and following instructions from health workers to reduce the spread of the virus.
The Ebola Virus Disease has claimed in the bordering countries 7 lives in Sierra Leone out of 44 cumulative cases as of June 6 including 33 confirmed Ebola cases all from the Kailahun District, Sierra Leone while Ebola claimed lives of 220 people who died in Guinea out of 344 cumulative cases as of 4th June 2014. Among the deaths in Guinea, 144 died in Guekedu out of 220 cumulative Ebola deaths. New cases are still being reported especially from Kailahun and Guekedu, respectively.
Prior to this fresh outbreak the last case in Liberia was reported on 9th April 2014. Today the cumulative total number of cases is 14 including 10 deaths.
Meanwhile, the MOHSW is urging the public, especially community religious and leaders, to ensure that individuals who die of Ebola or suspected of dying of Ebola are immediately buried under the supervision of health workers to ensure safe burial. Family members and traditional leaders are strongly advised to work with health teams to avoid dead bodies and their body fluids and prevent spreading of Ebola and deaths of member of communities.
The public is also urged to wash their hands with soap and water or use sanitizer, ashes, avoid eating bush meat (monkeys, fruit bats), and to chlorinate their water before drinking as a way of preventing the spread of the Ebola Virus which has no cure.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated several thousand assorted personal protective equipment to the government for use by health workers. Another plane load of medical supplies and equipment will arrive in the country over the week end for distribution nationwide. Presenting the assorted items to government, on behalf of the WHO family, WHO Country Representative to Liberia, Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije, said the donation was in response to government’s call to partners and the international community to support its efforts in containing the Ebola outbreak in the country. Making the presentation on Friday, April 4, Dr. Ndayimirije described the outbreak as a national security issue that requires the concerted efforts of Liberians and foreign residents in combating the disease.
Click here to downoad a copy of the list of assorted personal protective equipment to the government.
24 March 2014. The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) would like to inform the general public about sn outbreak of deadly hemorrhagic fever - EBOLA in neighboring Guiinea. The disease is reported to be spreading along the border with Liberia, specifically in the communities/towns close to the Guinean towns of Guekedou, Nzerekedou. Kissidougou and Macenta.
Below are the Press Releases since the outbreak.
Click here to download the entire document of May 05, 2014 on the EBOLA situation in Liberia.
| Click here to download the Criteria for reclassification of cases currently recorded in the Ebola Virus Disease line list of cases in Liberia.
| Click here to download the Press Release on the Ebola situation in Liberia on May 02, 2014. | Click here to download the entire press release of April 24, 2014. | Click here to download the entire press release of April 23, 2014. | Click here to download the entire press release of April 18, 2014. | Click here to download the entire press release of April 17, 2014. | Click here to download the Situation Report on Ebola April 16, 2014. | Click here to download the full press release of April 14, 2014. | Click here to download the April 13th, 2014 Ebola situation report. | Click here to download the EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE EPIDEMIC IN LIBERIA release of April 11, 2014. | Click here to download the full press release of April 09, 2014.
| Click here to download the full press release of April 08, 2014. | Click here to download the full press release of April 04, 2014. | Click here to download the full press release of April 03, 2014. | Click here to download the full press release of April 02, 2014. | Click here to download the full press release of March 31, 2014. | Click here to download the full press release of March 28, 2014. | Click here to download the full press release of March 27, 2014. | Click here to download the full press release of March 26, 2014. | Click here to download the full press release of March 25, 2014. | Click here to download the full press release of March 24, 2014.