…As Cases Increase To Over 10,000
By Jimmey C. Fahngon
As part of efforts to address the increase in the cases of Scabies in Liberia, particularly Montserrado County, the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) has embarked on treating victims of the disease in various communities in Monrovia and its environs.
Last Friday, NPHIL led by its Director General Tolbert G. Nyenswah visited the Peace Island in Congo Town and treated several victims of the disease.
Mr. Nyenswah told journalists that the exercise was intended to identify and treat victims of the disease so as to help reduce if not eradicate the spread of the disease.
He said there has been serious increase in the number of scabies cases across the country, something that needs to be addressed by NPHIL and partners.
The NPHIL Director General disclosed that currently, there are more than 10,000 cases of scabies in Liberia with Monsterrado County accounting for the highest number of cases.
Mr. Nyenswah said treating victims in the communities will help to reduce the transmission mold of the disease.
He disclosed that huge consignments of ivermectin (the drugs used to treat scabies victims) are being brought into the country to combat the disease.
Nyenswah said there has been 100 percent cure rate to those who have been treated with the medicines, noting that there has been no death reported thus far.
The NPHIL boss called on the people of Liberia not to panic as the government was doing everything possible to address the situation.
For his part, Deputy NPHIL Director General for Infectious Disease Dr. Ralph Jetoh stressed the need for people to keep their environment clean and avoid wearing clothing over and again.
He cautioned the people to avoid getting in contact with scabies victims because it is contagious.
Currently there are 490 scabies cases in the Peace Island, according to NPHIL.