9 Apr

The Liberian Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter Gwanigale have confirmed the death toll of 10 persons from the dangerous Ebola Virus. Minister Gwanigale this morning braced the public with this statement ” I just want to sadly inform you that the death toll for the disease has risen to ten, of the ten victims, [8] died in Lofa county [northern part of the county], [1] in Nimbaa, and [1] in Montserrado” the Minister disclosed at a press briefing this morning. Among the latest death Ebola death are two health workers. The Minister went on to disclose further, “the gentleman who died in Foya [Northern part of Liberia] was a health worker; he contracted the disease from a lady patient diagnosed/confirmed with the Ebola Virus and eventually died at the Foya Hospital, Lofa County while attending/caring to her. He was later discovered to have contracted the Virus, but due to lack of efficient testing kit and laboratory, it was late to rescue him from dying, said the Minister

As the health and savvy tips about prevention of Ebola gaining momentum, government and private health officials vigorously implements quarantine aspects, information gathered by African Voices is that some family members of some significant number of suspected Ebola Patients have resulted in taking the victims into deep forest of Lofa for fear of being quarantined by health workers, and some have been pronounce dead after days of severe illness. What is not known is the number of persons that probably might have come in contact with the deceased patients. For this act, the Health Ministry has warned citizens to stop hiding suspected people of the Virus adding that the disease kills and have no cure. The Health Ministry has also said anyone found hiding suspected Ebola patients may be arrested in Line with the Public Health Law of Liberia, which at the moment has been signed in to action by the solicitor General of Liberia. This action by the Ministry and the government is to curb the functional spreading of the virus.
The Ministry has also opened a daily update center for the public on Ebola so as to adequately share and send out the correct information on Ebola. With this update in consideration the United States Department of Defense has agreed to build two Ebola testing centers across the border into Liberia through the USAID. This promise came amidst widespread fear amongst the population that the virus will kill as many as possible, given that the disease has already spread from Lofa, Margibi and Mountserrado counties and Health Minister declaring the virus to the public as a very dangerous one, however has prompted the residents of New Kru Town community where the proposed testing center will be constructed has strongly opposed any construction of Ebola testing center in the vicinity of Redemption Hospital in their community with a daily protest. Speaking to African Voices, the Chairman of Mass Action Against the Construction of an Ebola Center in New Kru Town, Mr. Jasper N. white says the act of government of Liberia to build an Ebola center in their community will undoubtedly create a serious embarrassment to the inhabitants and the worst part of it all is the virus will pose an acute health hazard in the community and added that any center for such a disease should be located in an isolated area so as to curb the spread as death is the only option for the virus whenever it struck. In further addressing the virus prevention to health workers the World Health Organization has presented to the Liberia Ministry of Health assorted protective items for every health worker that are directly rendering caring services to the patients who are affected by the Ebola Virus.

by Jacob Eagan Bright
African Voices
Monrovia, Liberia



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