Margibi Supt. Gives Reasons For Closure Of Health Centers

By: Dougba K. McCay- in Kakata

Margibi County Superintendent has alarmed that the fear of the deadly Ebola Virus has led to the immediate closure of all health centers in Margibi County.

Speaking to this paper recently, Supt. John Z. Buway disclosed that on Wednesday August 12, 2014, some health workers of the C.H. Rennie Hospital came down with the virus.

According to him, of the twelve nurses; three were confirmed of having the virus with two pronounced dead by the C. H. Rennie Administration.

He noted that the rest of the people were taken to the ELWA National isolation center but report gathered by this paper has revealed that additional three persons have died from the virus at the center.

On Friday, August 8, 2014, two health workers died in the county while the bodies of non-health workers were found in communities precisely Kakata and Weala.

Supt. Buway said with these reports, the County Administration has a short plan aimed at the eradication of the spread of the virus.

He indicated that the strategy of the Administration is to now engage those who have entrenched cultural practices to stop burying dead bodies.

The Supt. stated that they have plan to constantly play Jinglles on the various community radio stations in the county and other media outlets in order to inform the citizens on the effect of the disease.

He added that they intend to visit the traditional communities adding that the county Administration has two subcommittees that will work under the county’s taskforce namely the Mboo Statutory District and Gibi District.

Supt. John Z. Buway at the same time said the county has allocated US$20,000 to fight the virus in the county but did not state how the money will be expended.