Health officials in Liberia are especially concerned about seven people who died in Monrovia. These are the first reported fatalities in the nation’s capital, a city of more than 1 million people that is also a major hub for commerce and transportation throughout the region.
Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses in the world, killing up to 90 percent of those infected. There is no cure or vaccine. The only way to stop it is to keep it from spreading.
Since April, Samaritan’s Purse has been reaching thousands of people in Monrovia and surrounding communities with Ebola awareness and prevention education. More than 250,000 people in 583 communities have received awareness messaging. Hygiene items, including buckets, cups, and soap, have also been distributed in vulnerable communities.
Additionally, Samaritan’s Purse has helped prepare and equip local hospitals to receive suspected Ebola cases and transport materials, supplies, and medical personnel to key areas by helicopter and small plane.
We worked with the staff of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia to set up an Ebola isolation ward and provided equipment and supplies needed to treat the sick while protecting healthcare workers from becoming infected.
“Samaritan’s Purse is continuing to take Ebola awareness and prevention messaging into communities, schools, churches, and clinics throughout the areas near the borders of Sierra Leone and Guinea,” said Aaron Ashoff, Samaritan’s Purse regional director for West Africa. “We also have staff praying with many to provide comfort and encouragement. Pray with us that this latest outbreak will be contained quickly.”