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Liberia declared Ebola free by WHO

Moses Wenyou/Benjamin S. Taingay

( 9, 2015)-Liberia has been officially declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) Ebola-free.

The declaration was made Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Ebola Command Center on 18th Street in Sinkor, suburb of the Liberia Capital, Monrovia.

The country qualified for the declaration after it reached the 42-day benchmark without registering no new cases during the period.

Liberia’s declaration comes at a time when the virus remains active in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The Government has called on the religious community to host special prayers and thanksgiving at the places of workshop.

The call comes amidst an official thanksgiving ceremony to take place Monday, May 11, 2015 at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will formally receive a certificate of declaration from the WHO.
Ebola wept out an estimated 11,000 lives since it entered the West African Region in 2014.

Last September, Liberia was experienced at least 400 cases weekly, with hospitals overwhelmed with infected people and Ebola victims’ dead bodies laying at street corners in Monrovia and in other cities across the country.
A public health campaign was then launched to stem the epidemic as the last confirmed death occurred March 27.

At the same time, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, at the head of an array of government officials, has been touring various health facilities in Monrovia and environs Saturday.

The Liberian Leader toured the various local health facilities and thanked health workers and Liberians for their courage and hard work in ensuring that the country is Ebola free.


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