Samaritan’s Purse Responds to Ebola Outbreak In Liberia

Doctors without Borders staff carry the body of a person killed by viral haemorrhagic fever in Guekedou, Guinea Photo: AFP
Doctors without Borders staff carry the body of a person killed by viral haemorrhagic fever in Guekedou, Guinea Photo: AFP

International relief organization Samaritan’s Purse is responding to an Ebola outbreak in Liberia by providing emergency medical supplies and conducting awareness campaigns.

The Christian organization, led by evangelist Franklin Graham, dispatched medical response personnel to various parts of the country after the disease claimed the lives of over 80 people throughout several West African countries last week.

“This is a very serious situation that could become even more critical in the coming days,” said Graham in a statement. “Our team in Liberia is committed to doing all we can to share God’s love with Liberian people by providing medical support and other relief.”

Samaritan’s Purse aims to contain the outbreak in Monrovia, the capital city and in Lofa County where seven Ebola deaths have been confirmed out of 14 suspected cases.

Liberia’s government has also established a high-level national task force to lead their efforts in the response, naming Samaritan’s Purse as a partner along with other agencies, such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The current Ebola outbreak is the worst it has ever been in previous decades, according to the Doctors Without Borders organization, with at least 157 cases reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, since late March.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Jessica Martinez

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