Liberia’s Health Ministry has called for calm amid the death of a thirty-year old woman who died of the Ebola virus on arrival in a hospital near Monrovia.
This comes after the country was declared Ebola free three months ago.
“Ebola is not an easy disease. It’s a disease that up to now, we have no cure and vaccine for… The good thing is it is one case, we’re tracing the contacts. We have isolation capacity, we have Lab capacity and so this is not April Fool,” said Nyenswah Tolbert, Deputy Minister of Health.
We know what to do now, we can contain it; we can control it. No need to panic. We have isolation capacity, we have Lab capacity and so this is not April Fool
Tolbert said there is no reason to raise alarms because the country learnt important lessons when the virus was at its peak.
“Our team of epidemiologists, including our partners, WHO, CDC, the Government of Liberia; they are on top of this. We know what to do now, we can contain it; we can control it. No need to panic. We have the international support; our integrated disease surveillanc e system is working well here. And so our team will continue to do the job that they are supposed to do.”
This is the third episode of Ebola in Liberia since the first declaration of end of transmission of the virus on May the 9th 2015 and a second on January 14.
More than 11,300 people have died over the past two years in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.