By Morrison O.G. Sayon
Doctors at the ELWA Hospital have disclosed that ten persons who contracted the Ebola virus have been discharged after days of treatment at the ELWA quarantined center. Disclosing this on Tuesday when President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf visited the ELWA Hospital and other health centers in Monrovia and its environs, the Medical Director at the ELWA Hospital, Dr. Jerry F. Brown, said some of the Ebola victims at the quarantined center are responding to treatment while others’ condition continue to deteriorate.
Dr. Brown said they have discharged ten persons after being negative of Ebola and that the ten persons have been sent home to their families as they no longer show any sign of the virus. Dr. Brown stated further that six other persons who suffered the Ebola virus have been tested negative following treatment at the quarantined camp and will also be discharged.
He said the ten persons being discharged following their response to treatment were part of 60 persons who were recently quarantined on the compound of the hospital and that some of those discharged include doctors and nurses.
Dr. Brown appealed to government for the expansion of the quarantined centers as there are lots of affected persons pouring into the present camp as a result of the awareness campaign being launched in recent times against the virus. He said due to the influx of victims, there is now a capacity problem.
In response, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf described the discharging of the ten persons as good news for Liberia calling on those infested with the virus to go for early treatment. President Sirleaf said people who have contracted the virus must report themselves for early treatment to save their own lives and that of their families.
President Sirleaf’s people have the chance of surviving if they report for early treatment. The Liberian leader said Ebola is claiming hundreds of lives in the country because of the continuous denial and cultural practices.
She called on Liberians to stop the denial and take preventive measures as instructed by health authorities in the country. President Sirleaf at the same time, commended health workers at the ELWA Hospital for their sacrificial services to humanity and promised that government will do all to support them carry on their duties.
President Sirleaf on Tuesday visited families of some of those killed by the raging Ebola virus who met their untimely demise while serving the nation.
Among areas visited was the home of the late Orishall Hindeh, a health worker at the Bomi Mines Hospital who died recently after contracting the virus. Madam Sirleaf later consoled Mrs. Miatta Hindeh and her three children.
Madam Sirleaf said the late Hindeh’s services to the nation and society will always be remembered by the government and the people of Liberia. She presented a purse to the bereaved family and called on them to remain strong and courageous in these times of difficulties.