Citizens have greater role against Ebola









Stringent measures have been put in place to control the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country.

These measures include the imposition of a night time curfew which starts at 11:00 PM to 6:00 AM, the declaration of a three-month state of emergency, a compulsory stay home order for all non-essential government workers and the closure of all schools until further notice.

Besides these measures, massive publicity on the reality and dangers of (EVD) by non-governmental organizations and the media has sharply decreased the rate of denial throughout the country.


This is evident by the observation of more people now adhering to safety measures and never hesitating to wash their hands before entering public buildings such as government ministries, pharmacies, stores, super markets and other offices. Victims are now willingly turning themselves in for treatment – this has led to the recovery of several victims.


Despite all these, EVD remains a threat and there is no confident projection that we are getting over it any sooner. Deaths are still being reported as the toll continue to rise in some areas including Grand Bassa County, Nimba County and Margibi County while Gbarpolu, Montserrado and Bomi Counties remain high risk zones.

We at the INSIGHT believe that it is high time the response towards the spread of Ebola move on the sensitization on the reality of the disease to more effective treatment and contact tracing.

Adequate care and feeding during quarantine period [quarantine at homes, communities] should be a matter of priority.

Psychosocial counselling should be a component of the therapy for treating Ebola victims.
More emphasis should be placed on contact tracing.
The INSIGHT also believes that until serious lapses in the health system are addressed, the fight against EVD will be a hard-to-win fight.


However, while we await institutionalized mobilization of energies and corrective actions towards results-based actions, we as citizens have greater responsibility in determining our personal health future.

This means, we all have to continue following Ebola alert notices, and adopt a change in behavior as it relates to good health. A healthy nation is a wealthy nation.

 
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