A new report by the Incident Management Team on Ebola has indicated that Grand Cape Mount County will soon join 13 other counties to be declared Ebola free. Liberia is striving hard to get to zero cases as the reopening of schools in the country is nearing. Speaking at the regular Ebola Hour at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) in Monrovia, the head of the Incident Management Team, Mr. Tolbert Nyensuah, said Grand Cape Mount, which recorded the highest number of new cases in recent weeks, has gone 12 days without any new case.
According to Mr. Nyensuah, who is also the Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, all those who came in contact with infected people have gone through a quarantined period of 12 days and are gradually improving without showing any sign of the virus. “I want to announce to the Liberian people that Grand Cape Mount County has gone through a period of 12 days quarantined period without anyone showing any sign of the symptoms. They are gradually making progress to be on par with the other 13 counties that are of Ebola free,” said Minister Nyensuah. “As we speak, there the county could be declared Ebola free within 11 days’ time,” he said.
But the Liberian government official noted that the situation is still difficult to deal with in Montserrado County owing to the huge population. Unlike other counties, he stated that it is difficult to trace carriers of the virus in Montserrado due to the large population. He disclosed that two new cases have been reported from the St. Paul Bridge Community on the Bushrod Island, outside Monrovia. “I want to use this occasion to caution family members, churches, community dwellers to remain vigilant by reporting any suspected case of the disease,” Mr. Nyensuah warned.
He disclosed that Liberia is having a regional consultation with the other two Ebola affected countries to come up with a stringent measure their various borders to know how to deal with any future epidemic at bordering points.