MONROVIA, LIBERIA (Joseph Sayon, Zoëquay Beysolow Konneh)-The Ministry Health says it has the ability to combat any disease outbreak in Liberia.
Speaking to ELBC recently, Health Minister, Doctor Wilhelmina Jallah, urged Liberians to trust the abilities of health workers and the Government in combating outbreak in the Country.
Minister Jallah is, however, cautioning individuals not to create panic in the public on issues regarding the Corona virus.
Doctor Jallah also encouraged the media and the public to seek information from health authorities in case of any outbreak in the Country.
The Health Minister wants business people suspend their travels to China for now and observe the current situation.
Meanwhile, Health workers are dealing with a suspected case of Coronavirus the in the Ivory Coast, the Country’s Health Ministry has announced.
An unknown student who returned to the West African Country from Beijing on Saturday, January 25, 2020, is undergoing further test after showing flu-like symptoms.
If confirmed, it will be the first case of the deadly virus in Africa.
The virus which first emerged in the Chinese City of Wulhan has spread to over two-thousand people and killed fifty-six.
Also, the Acting Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, Doctor Mosoka Fallah, wants Liberians intensify the cleaning of their communities as a means of preventing Lassa fever in Liberia.
Doctor Fallah spoke over the weekend during press conference where he said that Lassa fever can be prevented from spreading if communities are kept clean.
According to him, Lassa fever has affected Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa Counties but that preventive measure on the spread of the disease is important.
Doctor Fallah urged affected communities to stop eating rats and always maintain clean environment.
He disclosed that a medical team has been deployed in the affected Counties and wants local Authorities and other partners to support the efforts of the team.
Still in the Health Sector, the National Aids Commission has released its report on the prevalence of HIV in Liberia, with thirty-nine-thousand people infected with the virus across the fifteen Counties.
The Chairperson of the Commission, Theodosia Kolee, said:” Three-thousand children are infected with the virus.”
Madam Kolee also disclosed that an estimated one-thousand-nine-hundred people are infected with HIV annually with one-thousand-eight-hundred related deaths reported yearly.
According to her, Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa counties have recorded the highest number of HIV cases.
The National Aids Boss said the Commission’s National Strategic Plan focuses on how Liberia can stay safe as of 2030.
In another development, about twenty-five health facilities have benefitted from the supplies of assorted medical supplies.
The facilities are located in Montserrado,, Grand Bassa,Nimba,Lofa and Grand Cape Mount Counties.
The exercise was carried out by the Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) under its Drugs Management Chain sponsored by the German Medical Mission.
Speaking over the weekend in Monrovia, CHAL Executive Director Patricia Kamara said the medical supplies are intended to make high quality medicines accessible and affordable at member health associations.
Also speaking, Rev.Alaska Peters and Jonathan Morris of the United Pentecostal Clinic Medical Center in Soul Clinic and SD Cooper Administration thanked CHAL for the gesture.