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Normal life resumes in Liberia

By Moses Owen Browne, Jr.                            Moses Owen Browne
Normal activities are resuming across Liberia with only 5 Ebola cases left across the country.

In Ganta, Nimba County residents are seen at market places and about their  normal activities.

Ganta, Gompa City, is a town in Nimba County of northern Liberia, the
second largest city in Liberia with a population of 41,106, as of 2008
Liberia Housing and Population Census Report.

“But in the midst of these difficulties, thank God we still have hope –
because a total of 5 cases remaining at all ETUs across Liberia is a
welcoming development,” Theresa Boakai a petty trader says.

Theresa sells at the Ganta general market, and believes with all the
measures being followed effectively, Liberians are ready to celebrate
victory over Ebola.

“I am happy for Plan Liberia and other international development partners
who stood the test of time to help Liberia” Emmanuel Kennedy, a local
journalist remarked.

According to Emmanuel, though thousands of people have died from the deadly
Ebola, we still believe to some extent our doctors, our international
partners particularly Plan, have been working beyond the clock to save lives
and the intervention strategies have paid off.

“Everywhere you go now in Nimba County there is hand washing facilities
visible both at homes and public places – which reinforces the message of
preventing Ebola” the journalists noted.

“If only 5 persons are at the ETUs around Liberia, then I am hopeful
that we are getting there by God’s grace. There is hope – and we are indeed
winning the war against Ebola no matter what” Joseph Nyunkor Plan Liberia
Nimba County Field Office Manager.

Joseph noted that Plan Liberia has been playing a major role on the Social
Mobilization and Health Promotion fronts for the Ebola response. “Since the
beginning of the first and second outbreaks, we have been working with the
social mobilization committees creating massive awareness and educating our
people on the prevention of Ebola in particularly, Bomi, Lofa, Nimba and
Monrovia where our Project Units are located”.

He said Plan has even donated vehicles to the Ministry of Health and Social
Welfare for use by three counties: Bomi, Lofa and Montserrado where she
operates; picking dead bodies and Ebola cases.

Our strategies have worked well and we are grateful that Ebola is finally
leaving Liberia.

However, Mr. Nyunkor pointed out that it is time for Liberians to reflect
on the past and continue the best hygiene practices in order to stay
safe.

“We are hoping our people will continue to improve their hygiene practices
so that we can succeed fully and return to our normal life. Washing hands
regularly should be part of our culture” he said.

Joseph says the trauma created on the minds will take a longer period to be
healed because some families were directly affected and communities were
shattered however, Liberians are excited that they are going back to normal
life.

Moses Owen Browne, Jr. is Media and Communications Coordinator of Plan International Liberia Country Office. He is a professional career Journalist with idea-range of experience in the related fields of Development Communications, Mass Media Communications & Development, Broadcasting and radio program production. He can be reached at Cell #: +231-886-493-370, +231770009018, and emails: browne.moses@gmail.com, moses.browne@plan-internationa.org.

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