The health ministry has warned of a potential outbreak in Liberia following a phone call from one of the country’s most prominent public health officials.
The health minister, Anthony Gospodin, made the remarks in an address to Liberia’s Parliament on Monday, just days after the Ebola virus first emerged in the country.
The Ebola outbreak in the African nation has killed at least 5,000 people and left more than half a million sick.
The government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who took power in 2015, has struggled to contain the virus.
The country is home to some 4.2 million people and has experienced the worst outbreak of Ebola since 1976.
A total of 721 people have been killed by the virus since the beginning of the outbreak, according to figures from the WHO.
The WHO says the virus has caused more than 100,000 deaths in West Africa.
“Liberia is experiencing a significant increase in the number of cases of Ebola,” Gospudin said in the speech.
“Our people are at the forefront of our efforts.
We are working with our partners, health agencies and civil society organizations to protect the health and wellbeing of our citizens and the people of Liberia.”
In an interview with CNN on Sunday, Sirleaf said she did not know when the outbreak was going to stop.
“I do not know, but we are working to control it,” she said.
“There is no doubt that we will have more cases in the future.
The outbreak is a major issue for us.”
On Monday, Gospadins wife and a member of her Cabinet were among those who attended the speech to praise the government for its efforts to combat the virus in the run-up to the start of the new year.
The statement was also released by the ministry’s website.
In the statement, the minister thanked her husband for his efforts and praised the health system in Liberia.
“The country of Liberia has shown great resilience and dignity during this difficult time, and we thank the Government of Liberia for their efforts in preventing the spread of the virus,” Gostin said.