Ebola Death Toll Hits 11 In Lofa…Health Official Discloses

The death toll from the Ebola virus in Lofa County has risen to 11, a Lofa County health official has disclosed.

Addressing a one-day Ebola coordination meeting in Voinjama City, Lofa County Saturday, the Lofa County Community Health Department(CHD) Director, Mr. Edmund Esah, said at present seven cases of the disease have been confirmed, while two others were discharged.

The meeting organized by the Lofa County Health Team and CHD, discussed the way forward in raising awareness about the virus and how to prevent the spread of Ebola across Lofa County.

According to the Liberia News Agency, Mr. Esah said active surveillance- awareness building on Ebola, case management and control at the isolation unit are all ongoing.

He also disclosed that on June 18, the District Health Officer received a call from Balakpalasu Clinic that a 14-year-old son of a suspected Ebola patient, who died at the Tellewoyan Memorial Hospital (TMH) on June 14, was sick at the Balakpalasu clinic in Zogolemai Township.

He said a follow-up revealed that the father died at the Tellewoyan Memorial Hospital on June 14, three days after admission, while the mother was seriously sick in Konia, Zorzor District.

He stated that an ambulance was dispatched to Konia to bring the patient to the TMH in Voinjama, but while on their way the patient died.

He said in Vahun no case of Ebola has been reported so far, but indicated that awareness and sensitization on preventive measures are ongoing in the district.

He, however, cautioned the Nursing Directress at the TMH to be watchful, and informed all health workers concerned to report any fever or related signs or symptoms to the hospital during the window period of 21 days.

The meeting brought together members of the Lofa County Health Team, Superintendent Office, Representatives from Red Cross, PMU, Plan-Liberia, SDC, and other partners.