“The news from Liberia that it has been declared Ebola free today is a fantastic day for the people of the country, but also for the many thousands of aid workers who worked tirelessly to stem the tide of this dangerous disease,” said David Dalton, CEO of humanitarian organisation, Plan International Ireland.
“Despite the good news, it’s too soon to know if this deadly disease has been eliminated as this is the third time that Liberia has been declared Ebola-Free.”
More than 11,000 people have died from Ebola since the outbreak in West Africa in December 2013, which includes over 4,000 people in Liberia.
David Dalton went on to say:
Yes, a major milestone was achieved today but the global community cannot become complacent.
“Communities in Liberia will still have to be cautious and maintain basic hygiene practices in order to avoid new cases.”
Plan International has been at the forefront of the Ebola response in Liberia, helping to rebuild communities by providing health centres, training healthcare workers such as nurses, delivering learning opportunities and providing psychosocial support to children affected.
“The Ebola outbreak caused emotional and physical trauma to survivors and to the families of those that lost their lives. Now more than ever do we need to support the people of Liberia in building up their health, education and support systems to ensure that if Ebola ever returns, they will be ready to fight back,” concluded Dalton.
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