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. The Liberian Chief Executive said she will personally take the lead in the drive to eradicate the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). She, however, called on the public to strictly adhere to rules and instructions from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and partners about the virus and burials for Ebola-related deaths. 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. Five Hundred (500) Health Facilities are targeted in Montserrado County (Rural, Urban and Pari-urban) areas. Two Hundred Fifty (250) Facilities have already been reached. The workers ranging from professional (MDs, PA, RN, CMs) and support staff (cleaners and securities) have been trained. The Ministry and partners have also provided protective materials including gloves, disposable gowns, Chlorine and other assorted materials. This exercise is intended to protect have workers, reiterate the importance of infection control and increase their confident level in awake of the Ebola Virus Outbreak. Health workers are exceptionally warmed to always at all time adhere to universal precaution in treating their patients. Health Facilities and their workers are urged not to reject patients. Click here do download the full press release.
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. Some of the measures include the use of protective clothing when attending to patients suspected of Ebola or have signs and symptoms of the disease; identification of temporary isolation room for any patient suspected of the disease before referral can be made to the Ebola Isolation Center. Health facilities are also requested to carry out orientation for all staff on Ebola Prevention, and train clinical staff on the management of Ebola or suspected Ebola patients.
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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. In their final communiqué, the Health Ministers also called for integrated action plan cross border engagements to control the disease as soon as possible; define and implement common strategies for information; sensitization and adherence to populations to health and disease control measures in the Mano River Region, and establish a concerted mechanism for the management of corpses of persons who die of Ebola along the borders.
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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.
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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.