The Liberian Red Cross says the current spread of the deadly Ebola virus is escalating and warned that efforts be multiplied to urgently contain it.
The Secretary General of the Liberian Red Cross, Fayiah Tamba has said the latest confirmation from Bong and Bomi is an evident that the spread of the virus is now rapid and troubling.
Mr. Tamba, however, warned the public to do away with the concept of denial and follow all precautionary measures including regular hand washing and avoiding close contact with sick persons suspected of the virus.
He said the Red Cross will continue to scale up its vigorous operation in the seven counties including Bong and Bomi where Ebola cases have been reported.
The Red Cross is complementing government effort in the areas of social mobilization and awareness, contact tracing, psychosocial counseling and providing survivor kits to victims since the outbreak.
The Red Cross, in addition to its services, has agreed to assist the Ministry of Health in the area of dead body management and burial of Ebola victims in Montserrado for now.
Meanwhile, the Liberian Red Cross has welcomed the latest move by the Government to close all borders except the Roberts International Airport, James Spriggs Payne Airport, Foya Crossing, Bo Waterside Crossing and Ganta Crossing where preventive and testing centers will be established.
The LNRCS Secretary General called on the Government and its partners to pay more attention to protecting health care workers who are the front liners in this fight against the Ebola virus.
According to Mr. Tamba, if the health workers are protected, we will regain their confidence to return to the various health facilities that are currently abandoned across the country.
The spread of Ebola can occur through direct contact with the blood, secretion, or other body fluid of an infected person.
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is now the largest in history with more than one thousand cases and 660-deaths while more than 240 of the cases and 127-deaths occurred in Liberia.