Infection prevention and control (IPC) is universally acknowledged as a vital component of a comprehensive approach to patient and healthcare worker safety, quality improvement, and improved health outcomes. The evolving landscape of emerging infectious diseases necessitates increased awareness and attention to IPC. A strong health system, which includes a culture and infrastructure of IPC, such as improved hygiene conditions, appropriate use and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), and improved healthcare waste management, will equip governments and communities to respond to and manage outbreaks, and will prevent the spread of infectious diseases including healthcare-associated infections (HAI). The 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa accelerated efforts to strengthen health systems. WHO is calling for IPC specialists to support Ebola Recovery
Today, 3 September 2015, WHO declares Liberia free of Ebola virus transmission in the human population. Forty-two days have passed since the second negative test on 22 July 2015 of the last laboratory-confirmed case. Liberia now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance.
Many efforts exerted on ground to contain the Ebola outbreak since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone on 24 May 2014 , As of today Sierra Leon discharged the last Ebola case on 24 August 2015 it is the first day for the whole country to go with no Ebola patient. None at all. This in effect marks the beginning of the 42 days countdown and if no transmission occurs until after the 42nd day, this outbreak will be declared over by the world health organization in the country.