Liberia declares Ebola-Free and marks massive celebration

Liberia Ebola-freeBy Jos Garneo Cephas – A massive celebration is taking place across Liberia to mark May 9, 2015 as it is being certificated and pronounced by the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring that Liberia is now an Ebola-Free nation in West Africa.

The official certification of Liberia is expected to be done during an elaborate planned Thanks giving ceremony slated for Monday when President Sirleaf will formally receive the DECLARATION from WHO.

President Ellen Johnson-SirleafCurrently in Monrovia and its environs, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is about completing a tour of various health facilities to thank health workers and all Liberians for the hard work done.

The declaration was made after Liberia observed and completed the second the required 42-Day No New Cases period in May.

The first observation of ‘No Cases count down into the 42-day was cancelled when a 42-year old Monrovia-based woman came down with the last case and died subsequently in March 2015.

Ebola wept out an estimated 11,000 lives since the outbreak in the West Africa Region last year but remains active in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone.

In early February 2014, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was discovered in a village bordering Liberia and Guinea killing the initial two Guinean who have entered Liberia to seek medical attention.

The strange virus later spread until a public campaign was launched by the Liberian Government to stem the epidemic,  when the EVD was officially confirmed in Liberia claiming lives on 27, 2015.

Until September of 2014, Liberia was then receiving   at least 400 cases weekly with hospitals overwhelmed with dead bodies and affected citizens scattered and lying in the streets across the country.

The world later came to the fore to assist fight the EVD, after an SOS call was made by the Liberian Leader, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, noticing the weak health sector of Liberia and the lack of capacity was not helping to fight the strange disease.