A situational report released by the National Public Health Institute of Liberia on February 21 shows that health authorities have had at least six suspected Ebola cases since the recent outbreak in Guinea. All have tested negative.
The Executive Mansion has announced that the director-general of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, Mosoka Fallah, has been suspended indefinitely by Pres. George Weah for “ethical, professional, and administrative lapses.”
Interviews with dozens of individuals who have been tested suggest that Liberia has not put in place an efficient enough mechanism for distributing results after COVID-19 tests.
Amid a health pandemic that has restricted movements and face-to-face interactions, many professionals across Liberia, including health workers, journalists, and educators, are reporting increased use of technology to do their work.
President George Weah has extended the state of emergency by an additional 30 days, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to escalate. The extension comes even though the president had earlier announced that no extension would occur.
As of June 2, Liberia has recorded 296 confirmed Coronavirus cases since the first index case was reported on March 16. The relatively low number of cases, in a region not particularly known for its robust health system, begs the question: Is Liberia testing enough, or are health authorities still missing many cases due to a lack of tests?
Steel giant ArcelorMittal has announced the suspension of operations at its Buchanan concession after three new COVID-19 cases were announced by the Grand Bassa County Health Team. The cases are related to the company’s first Coronavirus positive case it reported on May 14. It was also the first case reported in the county.
With 158 confirmed cases and 18 deaths, Liberia has the third-highest Coronavirus fatality rate in Africa, according to statistics gathered from various health ministries by statistics aggregation website, Worldometer.