Liberia has taken part in global efforts to ramp up national preparedness to respond to sudden bacterial or viral outbreaks on the continent. At least 16 African countries are part of this yearâ€™s two-day simulation exercise aimed at responding to the outbreak of a potentially deadly communicable disease in the region.
Dr. Makosa Fallah, deputy director general for technical services at the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, has confirmed the emergence of monkeypox in southeastern Liberia.
The Ebola devastation of 2014-2015 in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea exposed the fragile health systems of the region. According to the US Center for Disease Control, over the period of the crisis, Liberia had 10,675 cases and reported about 4,809 deaths. Sierra Leone had over 14,124 cases and reported 3,956 deaths. Guinea had 3,805 cases and reported 2,536 deaths. Nigeria had 20 cases and reported 8 deaths.
Liberiaâ€™s Chief Medical Officer, Francis Kateh, revealed that genetic sequencing is currently underway to determine how 15-year-old Nathan Gbotoe became infected with the Ebola virus.