The Government of Liberia has informed the general public that after health authorities conducted tests on five of the primary contacts of the first case of the Coronavirus disease in the country, four have tested negative.
An Information Ministry release signed by Minister Eugene Lenn Nagbe
said the contacts included the driver of the suspended boss of the Environmental Protection Agency, Nathaniel Blama, and another person who is said to have accompanied Blama to Switzerland. The only other contact whose result has come back positive is Johnny Phillips.
In spite of the negative tests, the MICAT release pointed out that the National Public Health Institute has decided to keep all five primary contacts under special quarantine observation and will re-administer another round of tests in seven days.
“The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) has expressed optimism that Blama and Phillips, who continue to be in stable condition, will make full recovery,” the release added.
The release disclosed that health authorities continue to trace all primary and secondary contacts of the index cases in order to have them tested. Meanwhile, President George M. Weah has mandated NPHIL to create additional testing centers to be able to cope with the need for more testing.
“The President has also instructed Finance Minister Samuel Tweah and Foreign Affairs Minister Gbehzongar Findley to work closely with the Ministry of Health in order to bring in the country additional testing and treatment equipment,” the Information Minister said in the release.
The government assures the public that the health team is working tirelessly to halt the spread of the disease in the country. The government reiterated its call on all to abide by the protocols and preventive measures aimed at keeping the public safe, the release concluded.