Acting NPHIL Boss Dr. Mosoka Fallah Acting NPHIL Boss Dr. Mosoka Fallah

Stop Applying for Visa to Travel to China - Health Authorities Warn Liberians

The National Public Health Institute of Liberia(NPHIL) and the Ministry of Health(MoH) have emphasized that all Liberians arriving from China and other countries with widespread and active human to human transmission with the n-2019 Conoronavirus within 14 days of departure will be placed under precautionary observation for 14 days after arrival.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at NPHIL head offices in Congo Town, outside Monrovia, the Acting Director General of NPHIL, Dr.. MosokaFallah, disclosed that this initiative is intended to save guard the country against the virus.

According to Dr. Fallah, NPHIL and MoHare discouraging Liberians from applying for visa to travel to China. This move, Dr. Fallah warned, could put these individuals and country at risk.

“An alert case was picked up yesterday evening at the Roberts International Airport(RIA), the case is a Liberian who traveled from China and transited in Ghana. He presented high temperature and was picked up by the Ghanaian authority. There was laboratory test on him and the test was negative,” he told the press briefing.

He furthered that the Ghanaian authority allowed him to travel to Liberia. He arrived at the RIA still with high temperature. He was pick up and placed in the precautionary observation center. Initial test conducted so far has proven negative.

The acting NPHIL boss revealed that Liberians business people traveling from China are avoiding to be placed under precautionary observation.

The acting NPHIL boss further revealed that health authority has observed that they are landing in Sierra Leone and travelling by road (Bo Waterside) to enter into Liberia.

Meanwhile, Dr. Fallah mentioned that West African Health Ministers are meeting in Bamako, Mali this week to discuss and strength Africa surveillance and preparedness against the coronavirus.

“While Liberia strengthens it surveillance and prepare against the coronavirus outbreak, the country continues to response to lasser fever outbreaks. Recently, two teams from central traveled to Bong and Grand Basssa Counties to support the response. The teams supported the counties in the areas of Community Engagement and Risk Communications, Case Management, Infection Prevention and Control(IPC), Dead Body Management, Environmental Management and Victor Control,” Dr. Fallah, among other things, added.

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