Liberia Commissions First National Polio Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

H.E. President George M. Weah cuts ribbon to the National Polio EOC in Monrovia, Feb 5, 20215th February 2021, Monrovia: To Live the spread of circulating vaccine derived Polio Virus form 2 (cVDPV2) in Liberia and give protection to communities from this crippling disease, on 5th February 2021, the Authorities of Liberia and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) companions commissioned the first National Polio Emergency Center (EOC) in Liberia for effective coordination of activities in direction of Polio Eradication. The ancient and effectively attended ceremony used to be held on the grounds of the extinct Ministry of Smartly being Complex in Monrovia where the EOC is found.

The National Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will now befriend as a central unit to coordinate records assortment and national response to public effectively being threats equivalent to Polio.  Furthermore, it need to enable workers from various devices, sectors, and organizations to work straight away and collaboratively, half records in right time, and formulate a joint opinion of action.

Speaking at some stage in the commissioning ceremony, Mr. Niels Scott, UN Resident Coordinator in Liberia stated, Smartly being emergencies love polio and COVID 19 pandemic have shown the importance of having ample systems to detect and acknowledge to public effectively being emergencies. He called for increased funding in effectively being infrastructure and highlighted the associated price-effectiveness of preventive measures compared to medication. 

“Even supposing Liberia is establishing its EOC as portion of the Polio dwell sport, it’s miles certainly better late than by no map, it’s miles our desire that it need to befriend this nation past the Polio eradication initiative period and can wait on in the acquisition and switch of abilities to the youthful public effectively being experts in Liberia”, stated Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah, Minister of Smartly being, Liberia.

Commissioning the EOC, His Excellency, Dr. George M. Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia thanked the total GPEI Partners for prioritizing the effectively being of the Liberian people and described the institution of a National Polio EOC as effectively timed.

“This EOC will befriend because the operational arm for our Polio eradication initiatives in Liberia” stated President Weah.

He then called on the general public to be sure that that their young people are vaccinated later this month to forestall and prevent additional spread of Vaccines-derived Polio Viruses (cVDPV2) in Liberia.

Earlier the institution of the National Polio EOC, the World Smartly being Group (WHO) supported the introduction of the usage of progressive technology in surveillance, equivalent to Built-in Supportive Supervision (ISS) and e-surveillance which offers right time monitoring of field activities.

Moreover, an environmental surveillance diagram used to be established in February 2020 as portion AFP surveillance strengthening in Liberia to enable early detection of presumably imported Vaccines-derived Polio Viruses (cVDPV2) sooner than it spreads widely. These interventions have began yielding the desired consequence thru the early detection of cVDPV2 in the atmosphere, that has relate hyperlink to the identical cVDPV2 circulating in Ivory Wing.

The commissioning ceremony used to be performed by His Excellency, Dr. George M. Weah, President, Republic of Liberia, in the presence of the United Worldwide locations Resident Coordinator in Liberia, Heads of UN Companies, Voluntary Carrier Group (VSO) global, US Center for Illness Control and Prevention, USAID, the Chairman accountable of Smartly being on the House of Consultant, various GPEI companions, Senior Ministry of Smartly being Team and the media among others.

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