-73 suspected, 3 confirmed
The number of reported cases of lassa fever has increased in the country according to the National Public Health Institute of Liberia.
The Director General of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia confirmed the receipt of 73 suspected cases out of which three (3) have been confirmed by the institution.
This Tolbert Nyenswah lined to the delay on the part of people in going to hospital or the believe people have in traditional healing as well as the poor management of food among other things are factor responsible for the increasing rate of the disease or illness.
According to him, the National Public Health Institute of Liberia has the capacity to detect the sickness in the country adding “we do not want to see cases we want to reduce cases; stop eating what rat touch.”
Joint pain, headache are all signs of the sickness according to Director Nyenswah.
He stated that health development is crucial and therefore stresses the need to educate people and provide them the needed healthcare.
Nyenswah further mentioned that good health would help Liberia’s improve expectancy from 60 to 75.
Meanwhile, Nyenswah said Liberia is fully prepared to respond to future outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease should there be any in Liberia.
According to Director Nyenswah, they now have an environmental and occupational safety policy in place to do specimen in 28 to 48 hours to detect a disease like the EVD.