Decline in Liberia's Ebola cases but the fight is far from over


The international medical humanitarian organisation, MSF, warns that there is still a possibility that the numbers may once again increase.

“Case numbers could again rise, as they have in Guinea, where, following two significant dips in admissions to MSF facilities, patient numbers are again increasing,” said MSF.

MSF says that international aid organisations risk damaging the progress that has been made if they do not adapt to the new phase of the epidemic.    

Fasil Tezera, MSF head of operations in Liberia, said that with financial assistance coming into the country they are able to build large-scale Ebola isolation centres.

“Priority should be given to a more flexible approach that allows a rapid response to new outbreaks and gets the regular healthcare system safely up and running again,” said Tezera.

The Ebola epidemic has gained a great response by business leaders who met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The business leader from various industry sectors committed over 28 million dollars to spur an emergency funding mechanism that will deal with the Ebola outbreak.

“We must arrest the infection of perception with the same resolve as we prepare to deal with the infection of the virus, said Carlos Lopes, executive secretary of the ECA.

The leaders also committed using their resources stimulate citizen action around a United Against Ebola campaign that will also allow people across the world the opportunity to contribute.

Strive Masiyiwa, executive chairman and founder of the Econect Wireless Group, spoke of the initiates from the telecoms sector.

“The African Telcom sector has agreed to set up a special facility to come into effect in early December to allow all subscribers to contribute 1 dollar each voluntarily to support the response,” said Masiyiwa.

“Ebola is not an African problem, it’s an global problem,” added Masiyiwa.

It is reported that the Ebola virus has, to date, infected more than 13,700 people and killed over 4,900.