Health Minister Bernice Dahn has said the public should not panic about the emergence of a new Ebola case in Lower Margibi County on June 29, assuring “the situation will be put under control.”
The incident involving a 17year-old boy, whose corpse proved positive of the virus, has paralyzed Liberia’s Ebola-free status 48 days since the declaration by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 9.
The Health Ministry is yet to determine the transmission chain which now places Liberia with Guinea and Sierra Leone as the three Mano River Union countries that carry the virus.
However, speaking at the Ministry of Information press briefing at the ministry Tuesday, Dahn noted that a team has already been setup to conduct a detailed investigation into the Margibi area to determine how it all happened.
Deputy Health Minister and Head of the IMS, Tolbert Nyenswah, also called on Liberians to approach the newest outbreak with a renewed vigor so that it will not degenerate into a bigger health crisis.
Nyenswah believes that Liberia has the capability to adequately put the situation under control as evidenced by the fact that the IMS immediately responded to the situation when it was reported.
Since it was first discovered in 1976, the Ebola virus has left a legacy of resurgence, something that has always left people in constant fear even when an Ebola free status is granted to a nation.
On March 20, 2015 Liberia’s quest of becoming an Ebola-free nation was for the first time jeopardized after the country made a journey of over 27 days into the 42 days countdown period.