The World Health Organization (WHO) announced yesterday, Thursday that Liberia is officially free of the Ebola virus after the country successfully passed 42 days without a confirmed case of the deadly disease.
“WHO commends Liberia’s government and people on their effective response to this recent re-emergence of Ebola,” said Dr. Alex Gasasira, the organization’s representative in Liberia.
“WHO will continue to support Liberia in its effort to prevent, detect and respond to suspected cases,” he assured.
This is the fourth time that Liberia has been declared free of the virus since the epidemic began in December 2013. The most recent flare-up was traced to a woman who had been exposed to the virus in Guinea and travelled to Liberia with her children. They subsequently became infected thereby spreading the virus.
By late last year, when the WHO declared the Ebola outbreak virtually over, the virus had killed more than 11,000 people in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three most seriously affected West African countries.
In the past 3 years, previously discovered and new life threatening public health diseases have been on rampage with the likelihood of more to spring up in months or years to come, of which the Ebola virus is one of them. The virus has been one of the most widely spread viruses in the West African region in these last 3 years.
Hence, the need to embrace sustainable health which is more desirable and which goes beyond just maternity health and ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, to achieve a healthy world, by 2030 especially in Africa.