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US State Department Cancels Travel Warning to Liberia

US State Department Cancels Travel Warning to Liberia

An Ebola response worker is decontaminated in West Africa after helping to remove bodies. ©EC/ECHO/Jean-Louis Mosser

An Ebola response worker is decontaminated in West Africa after helping to remove bodies. ©EC/ECHO/Jean-Louis Mosser, The Fight Against Ebola in West Africa, European Commission DG ECHO’s Photostream, Flickr

MONROVIA, Liberia, January 22, 2015—The U.S. Embassy in Liberia released a statement today announcing that the U.S. State Department cancelled its travel warning to U.S. citizens travelling to Liberia because of the decreased spread of the Ebola virus.

The Embassy said there had been major accomplishments in the fight against Ebola since August 7 when the warning went into effect, and for the first time they were seeing lower rates of new infections and a reduced demand at Ebola treatment facilities.

“Embassy Monrovia now has access to pre-Ebola level health care,” the Embassy said, “and most of the clinics and hospitals that were available and adequate for at least outpatient referral prior to the Ebola epidemic have re-opened.”

Dr. Mark Allison, Chairman of the Free Presbyterian Church of North America (FPCNA) mission board, said the board continues to assess the situation on the ground and that “the embassy news sounds encouraging!”

USAID Administrator Raj Shah is on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia to meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, aid organizations, & staff involved in the Ebola response. He also visited an Ebola treatment unit where we have provided plastic sheeting for construction. The U.S. has deployed more than 600 U.S. government personnel to West Africa—making this the largest-ever American response to a global health crisis. US AID IMAGE, Flickr

USAID Administrator Raj Shah, on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia, meets with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, aid organizations, and staff involved in the Ebola response. Shah also visited an Ebola treatment unit where the U.S. has provided plastic sheeting for construction. The U.S. has deployed more than 600 U.S. government personnel to West Africa—making this the largest-ever American response to a global health crisis. US AID IMAGE, Flickr

Ulster missionary to Liberia, Miss Joanne Greer, reports that a Baptist missionary friend from the USA is returning to Liberia in mid-March to investigate a return date for his mission board. He has agreed to give a report to help the FPCNA mission board assess the situation so that Miss Greer and North American missionary Rev. David DiCanio can possibly return before the summer months.

According to Greer the missionary said that his board is setting up a special fund to evacuate their missionaries if they get Ebola. “Apparently no insurance will cover such an evacuation because of the expense that comes from such a high level of precaution needed to transport a victim,” Greer said.

Martin Gbahn, manager of the FPCNA Bookstore outside Monrovia, said on Jan 21 that even though Ebola is still present in Liberia, residents in the Paynesville area have seen fewer cases.

“I still see Red Cross [Ebola Response] vehicles passing in town,” Gbahn said. “They picked up a body yesterday near my home at the Police Academy community behind the [FPC] bookstore, but things are better.”

A West African Ebola team prepares to bury a victim. Photo credits: ©EC/ECHO/Jean-Louis Mosser

A West African Ebola team prepares to bury a victim. Photo credits: ©EC/ECHO/Jean-Louis Mosser

Gbahn also reported that government officials have stopped cremating the bodies of victims because neighbours were complaining of the burning smell and the sound of explosions. “Now they’re burying all Ebola bodies on government property off Marshall highway near the mission compound,” Gbahn said.

The three mission church pastors reported that no one else from the FPCNA congregations has become ill at this time, but they still covet prayer.

Schools open nationwide on February 2, and students will be required to have their temperature taken and wash their hands daily before entering.

The mission board asks continued prayer for the brethren in Liberia, wisdom regarding the missionaries’ return date, and for the insurance situation.