As Sierra Leone plans to introduce a countrywide “lockdown” in the battle to control West Africa’s worst Ebola outbreak, neighbouring Liberia is trying another tactic.
The government there is building five new treatment centres including the renovation of an old clinic to try to cope with the increasing number of those infected.
The aim is to try to contain the disease at the local level which meets with the approval of Alfonso Weah who is a resident of the Island clinic community which is one of the centres being set up.
“I think this is the right method, the right approach,” he said. “The fight against Ebola is not at the national level, it’s all about the community base, and I think when you start there then we are all going to drive Ebola out of Liberia.”
The newly vamped hospital with 500 beds will be open soon.
The World Health Organisation blames West Africa’s weak government health systems for so far failing to get a grip on the virus.
With more than 3,000 official cases across four countries, Ebola-free Benin is taking precautions.
Its government has established checkpoints at airports and borders to detect potentially ill travellers and is training scores of health workers in Ebola prevention techniques.
Human-to human transmission of the deadly Ebola virus occurs through contact with blood or body fluids.