Health authorities in Liberia are monitoring the Ebola situation in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone to prevent a resurgence of the virus in Liberia, the head of the Incident Management System (IMS), Tolbert Nyenswah, has said.
Nyenswah disclosed that to ensure Liberia’s borders are protected the IMS is focusing on strengthening cross-border surveillance, monitoring of border teams and supporting community engagement along the borders. A release issued in Monrovia Friday quotes Nyenswah as saying that the IMS is also monitoring travels to and from Guinea and Sierra Leone to guarantee that individuals who are crossing the borders comply with the required hand-washing and temperature check procedures.
Nyenswah noted that even though Liberia is free of the Ebola virus, Liberians must continue to be on the alert, adding, “As long there is one case in West Africa we need to keep fighting the Ebola virus and protecting ourselves, our family, and our community.” He, however, assured that Liberia’s response capacity and all the systems put in place by government and its partners to combat the disease remain in place and ready to respond.
Liberia was declared Ebola free on May 9, 2015 by the World Health Organization, bringing to an end a devastating health crisis that claimed more than 10,000 lives in the three Mano River Union countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.