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Old 12-15-2014, 09:58 AM   #351
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Liberia: UNICEF Intervenes in New Ebola Outbreak in Gbarnga

12 DECEMBER 2014
By Winnie Dixon


According to the head of UNICEF county team, E. Dutch Hamilton, the new Ebola cases are said to have emanated from a young man who reportedly brought his sick father to the community from Monrovia on Sunday, December 7 in search of alternative remedies for his ailment.

Hamilton said the two had gone to Monrovia to provide care for one of the man's children who died during their stay in the capital.

When community members noticed the abnormal health condition of the family, they immediately contacted the county health team who placed the entire family under quarantine.

The situation nearly became chaotic when community members began insisting on the removal of the entire family from the community, while the family indicated that they had no intention to leave their belongings and home to go somewhere else for 21 days.

The standoff was only resolved through the swift intervention of the UNICEF county team led by E. Dutch Hamilton and Rufus Kelly, who sent community mobilizers to go from house-to-house in the Sugar Hill Community and convinced the family to go to the Community Care Center (CCC) for treatment.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:21 AM   #352
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Liberia: Cape Mount Supt. Decries Traditional Practices in Ebola Fight

By D. Ignatius Roberts

Cape Mount Superintendent Mohammed A. Paasewe, has called on religious and traditional leaders to refrain from denial, secret burial and traditional bathing of dead bodies to ensure that Ebola is kicked out of their county and Liberia.

Paasewe blamed the continued spread of the Ebola virus in the county on failure by religious, traditional and community leaders to fully adhere to preventive measures outlined by health authorities to contain the spread of the disease.

He urged them to get fully involved in the fight against the spread of the virus in order to save the county from this deadly disease that has claimed the lives of several of their kinsmen and continues to claim more lives.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:27 AM   #353
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Liberia: UNDP Hires 1,300 Ebola Community Tracking Volunteers

12 DECEMBER 2014

UNDP Liberia has recruited 1,300 volunteers who are being paid US$80 per month to go door-to-door every day in their communities to track down people showing symptoms of Ebola and ensure they get urgent medical help.

According to a UNDP release issued here Friday, community volunteers have contributed immensely to the reduction in the number of new cases of Ebola in Liberia.

UNDP Ebola project Coordinator Dr Masoka Fallah said it is only by quickly identifying people who have been infected and show symptoms will the spread of the virus be prevented.

"With Ebola, all schools were shut down. Private school teachers aren't getting paid. We've brought in a large number of those teachers to help with Ebola prevention. They know everybody in the community and are listened to", he noted.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:25 AM   #354
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Liberia: Ebola Creeping Into Northwestern Nimba

21 DECEMBER 2014
By Ishmael F. Menkor


With the Christmas and New Year celebrations just a few days away, the deadly Ebola virus is said to be raging in several towns and villages in Guinea bordering Nimba, posing a serious threat to lives and normal activities in Nimba County.

The Daily Observer has learned that close to 20 persons died of Ebola in two Guinean villages close to the Liberian border and the Arcelor Mittal concession area.

In the Guinean town of Nyanizoo, 13 persons allegedly died from Ebola within a week, while in Teo town, also in Guinea, five persons suspected of Ebola died.

Teo and Nyanizoo are located at the border with Liberia around the Yarmin Administrative District, where Yekepa is situated.

According to residents of Yekepa, relatives of those who died in Teo continue to cross over to Guinea to sympathize with their bereaved family. Some of the sympathizers are suspected of contracting the disease and are presently undergoing treatment at the Ganta ETU.
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Liberia: 400 Community Volunteers Trained in Safe Burial of Ebola Bodies

16 DECEMBER 2014
By Calvin Brooks


More than 400 members of the General Community Health Volunteer (GCHV) program have been trained to educate community dwellers in Montserrado County about safe and dignified burial of Ebola corpses.

According to the Communication Development officer of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Attorney Phil Tarpeh Dixon, government and its partners intend to provide safe and dignified interment for people who die from Ebola, rather than cremating their bodies.

Atty Dixon made the disclosure Tuesday in an exclusive interview with the Liberia News Agency during a training UNICEF provided for members of the GCVH on safe and dignified interment of Ebola victims. The training was provided at four different locations in Montserrado County.

He said UNICEF believes that to kick Ebola out of Liberia, efforts should be made to stop every case by ensuring that every burial is safe with relatives getting involved in the process, instead of only the burial team.
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Liberian voter turnout low as Ebola overshadows senate election

By Reuters Updated Sunday, December 21st 2014 at 14:22 GMT +3

Turnout for Liberian parliamentary elections on Saturday appeared to be low as concerns about Ebola kept many voters at home.

Polling stations were largely empty after voting began at 8 a.m. (0800 GMT) in the seafront capital Monrovia, with voters occasionally drifting in, despite precautions put in place by the National Elections Commission (NEC).

Staff with temperature guns at polling stations checked voters for any signs of the hemorrhagic fever, which is spread via bodily fluids. Voters were obliged to wash their hands with chlorine solution, to stand at least three feet apart in the queue, and bring their own pens to mark the ballot paper, officials said.
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Default Joeblow, Liberia, where every mother in the village has died of Ebola..

“We talked to a man who had survived Ebola and he told us what had happened. All of the women had caught the disease. It’s now a village of no mothers and very confused children with blank looks on their faces.”
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For 11-year-old Montgomery Philip, childhood is over. Six months ago he would have been playing football with his schoolmates, but now his job is to care for his 10-month-old baby brother Jenkie.

The pair are both victims of Ebola. Not because they caught the disease, but because they live in Joeblow, Liberia, where the devastating outbreak has killed every mother in the village.

The women died because social convention decrees it is they who tend to the sick and bury the dead. When a man brought Ebola to the village and passed it on to his wife, it was 14 mothers who cared for her and eventually laid out her body. One by one they caught the disease and died, leaving 15 children orphaned.

Chloe Brett, 28, from Norwich, England has been working with the British charity Street Child to try to find homes for the children left behind in the aftermath of the outbreak. “Seeing Montgomery struggle to change the baby’s nappy without any guidance is something that made me realize just how devastating this disease can be on those left behind,” she said.
"He was a helpless 11-year-old having to become a man well before his time.

“Although it feels like Liberia is coming out of the end of the crisis, it is now dealing with the aftermath, and what it has left behind is huge groups of children who are on their own. When we visited Joeblow, it seemed normal at first, with children in the street, men, a couple of old women. But then we realised there were no other women anywhere.

“We talked to a man who had survived Ebola and he told us what had happened. All of the women had caught the disease. It’s now a village of no mothers and very confused children with blank looks on their faces.”

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Liberia: Schools to Reopen Next Month

5 JANUARY 2015

The Government of Liberia has announced the re-opening of schools next month. It said preparatory works leading to the re-opening of schools will begin this month.

The announcement of the reopening of schools was initially announced by President Sirleaf during her Simple English interview with UNMIL Radio last week.

Latest reports indicate that the Ministryof Education has officially announced that official classes would resume early next month and that activities leading to that are expected to begin on course.
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Liberia: Nine Counties Report Zero Ebola Cases for Over 21 Days

By Winnie Dixon

Nine Counties mostly in Southeastern Liberia have reported no new Ebola cases over the past 21 days, according to a United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) official.

Hans Rosling said Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland, Gbarpolu, Bomi, Grand Bassa, and River Cess, have reported no confirmed cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for more than 21 days, while Lofa County in northern Liberia has reported zero case in more than 40 days.
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Five Ebola cases left in Liberia after major turnaround

Once the 'poster child of disaster', Liberia marked the milestone on Monday after a dramatic reduction of cases. At its height, the government was recording more than 300 new cases weekly.

JANUARY 27, 2015


MONROVIA, LIBERIA — Liberia said Monday that there are currently only five confirmed cases of Ebola in the entire country — a dramatic turnaround in the West African nation where the virus has taken its deadliest toll.

At the height of the outbreak in August and September, Liberia was recording more than 300 new cases of the virus every week. To date 3,636 Liberians have died of Ebola, according to the World Health Organization.

But the outbreak has begun to wane. Now there are now just five people in the country being treated for Ebola, Tolbert Nyenswah, who heads the country's Ebola response, said Monday.
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Liberia: Re-Emergence of Ebola - Reinvigorating the Fight

9 FEBRUARY 2015

It may now appear that Liberia's 'end of February target' to have a zero case of Ebola may just not be possible due to the re-emergence of the disease in some parts of the country.

The Liberian Government had anticipated that by January-the end of February the nation would have had 'zero case of Ebola', but regrettably, response teams continue to chase Ebola contacts even at night.

Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties, in recent times, had been the only two counties with cases of the deadly Ebola virus. Of late, the government reported that except Montserrado, the fourteen counties of Liberia had reported no cases of Ebola, and that they would soon be declared Ebola-free.

Unfortunately ahead of such declaration, reports of the re-emergence of the disease in Lofa and Margibi Counties seem not to be too favourable for the country's success in its battle against the disease.

Liberian health authorities are reporting 18 contacts presently in Lofa just from a single case from Monrovia, while Margibi is faced with similar situation.

"We are praying that nobody will get sick and we will get confirmed case from Lofa; Lofa is threatened right now because of that case; Margibi is also threatened because somebody who left from Monrovia and went in a village in Margibi and died there. And that person was positive," said Assistant health Minister Tolbert Nyenswa late last week.
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I'm afraid that until EVERY single Liberian is spoken to, preferably face to face, by a person who both holds some authority with them, (respect & all that good stuff), & is knowledgable about Ebola and futhermore, those people BELIEVE what is being told to & discussed with them, this will continue.

It's a very tough battle to fight & talk about being under the gun. Every new case, every passing day can be totted up as a loss. Liberia has so few resources, especially human ones, they need every break they can catch. They can't afford to lose any people - be they educated professionals or simply "a strong back & willing hands". They can't afford to not being seen as making real progress; not if they want a return of foreign investment & all that comes with it.

Educating the population, in the theoretical aspect is one hard fight, getting them to change certain habits, customs & lifestyles is going to prove tougher. I'll come back once again to HIV/AIDS. It would have been so EASY to halt that scourge in its tracks, so SO simple.

People wouldn't change. AIDS flourished.
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Post 8 Hospital Staff Possibly Exposed

to a patient they were treating before she tested, (positive), for Ebola. They've been sent home for a 21 day observation period.

An AP story but can be found here:


http://www.ctvnews.ca/health


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Liberia: No Ebola Case for Seven Days

2 MARCH 2015

The Liberian Government acting spokesperson says for more than seven days Liberia has not reported a single confirmed case of Ebola.

Acting Information Minister Isaac Jackson said statistics emanating from the Incidence Management System (IMS), showed that there are 116 Ebola contacts, 98 of which are in Montserrado and 18 in Margibi counties, while all of the 19 ETUs in the country only have two confirmed Ebola patients.

"Grand Cape Mount County has completed two incubation periods without a new Ebola case, which means that all counties, except Montserrado and Margibi, have gone 42 days or more without a confirmed Ebola case," Jackson quoted the IMS report.
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