….CSO Ebola Taskforce Says
The Liberian Civil Society Organization Taskforce on Ebola says the country is in desperate need of support from the international community to fight Ebola.
The group said the level in which the virus has reached is beyond the Liberian government’s control and that the response of the international community is needed to save lives in the country.
Addressing a news conference Wednesday in Sinkor, the group’s Chairman Oscar Bloh said in recent days a number of donor pledges have been made, but Liberian groups fear that it will take too long for government’s promises to translate to hands-on help.
Mr. Bloh believes that it is time that wealthy countries and international organizations like the United Nations to accelerate the deployment of much needed resources in dealing with the health crisis.
“Our hospitals are over-run and under-staffed; fear and panic are sparking violence. Our borders are shut and ships are avoiding our ports - we are running out of food, supplies, everything,” Mr. Bloh indicated.
Bloh wants the United Nations, African Union and all donor countries to provide immediate support to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal, while working in a coordinated manner to support medical charities on the ground.
This support, he suggested, must come in the form of human, technical and medical resources, including infectious disease experts and disaster relief specialists, particularly to Liberia, which is suffering the most severe impacts.
The Chairman of the Liberian CSO Taskforce on Ebola also wants donors to provide substantial resources to ensure that infected people are identified and isolated from the rest of the population to curtail the spread of the virus. Bloh said resources should be directed towards expanding testing centers and establishing treatment facilities closed to affected communities as well as providing ambulances to transport suspected cases. He appealed to the United Nations Mission in Liberia to increase its presence alongside the Liberian police to ensure that national security forces implement measures in a responsible manner..