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Ebola crisis in Liberia: Challenges and lessons learned- a flash back

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Author: 
Hasipha C. Tarpeh
Abstract: 

This research work revealed the health status of Liberia as being weak with regards to the fight against emerging diseases, especially those of strange nature to the health system of the country. The Ebola epidemic in 2014 witnessed the closure of almost all health facilities in the country; as a result of lack of trained, and specialized health professionals, the EVD killed several thousand persons. Several factors were responsible for the rapid spread of the disease. Those factors included denial, traditional cultural practices, ignorance and lack of facilities and manpower. Additionally, weak coordination from the onset as well as lack of logistical support exacerbated the situation. There were several lessons learned as a result of the Ebola epidemic. One major lesson learned is community involvement in the discharge of primary healthcare activities. As communities took ownership of healthcare activities in the fight against the disease, the disease condition came under control and death rate reduced drastically.

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               Prof. Dr. ISMAIL YILDIRIM

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