Skip to comments.Ebola: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Restricts Movements in Liberia
Posted on 07/28/2014 9:37:19 AM PDT by kristinn
Liberia's president has closed all but three land border crossings, restricted public gatherings and quarantined communities heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak in the West African nation.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the measures late Sunday after the first meeting of a new task force she created and is chairing to contain the disease, which has killed 129 people in the country and more than 670 across the region.
A top Liberian doctor working at Liberia's largest hospital died on Saturday, and two American aid workers have fallen ill, underscoring the dangers facing those charged with bringing the outbreak under control.
Liberia will keep open Roberts International Airport outside Monrovia and James Spriggs Payne Airport, which is in the city.
Sirleaf said "preventive and testing centers will be established" at the airports and open border crossings, and that "stringent preventive measures to be announced will be scrupulously adhered to."
Other measures include restricting demonstrations and marches and requiring restaurants and other public venues to screen a five-minute film on Ebola.
Sirleaf also empowered the security forces to commandeer vehicles to aide in the public health response and ordered them to enforce the new regulations.
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Sounds like this president has a brain. We should have done the same to San Francisco when AIDS hit.
How do you enforce it?
When you go back and read up on the plague (1665/66) in London...there’s some decrees handed out after a hundred days....to limit and quarantine people. It didn’t really have much of an effect. People found various ways to get around restriction of movements, and the plague continued on.
Downtown Monrovia bearing the scars of the Civil War. Back then the streets had open sewers running down each side.
Thanks for sharing your photos.
And the Texas doctor’s wife and kids just arrived back from there. The wife was giving hospital patients meals over there. Hope they were tested and retested by the CDC.
We’re just one plane ticket or border crossing from it spreading in the US.
Basically martial law. Nobody goes anywhere, threat of quick lethal force if you try to cross lines.
Ebola is a sheer nightmare. Fast moving disease liquifies organs in a couple days. Hell yeah you shut everything down if it starts spreading in an urban environment.
Ok, so how long do the soldiers stay on station? They have families, and being exposed to Ebola isn’t a good way to see them again.
That is the issue. You need people to man the front lines, even though that is the high risk area.