By Dougba K. McCay, in Kakata
Margibi County Health Team has trained 40 community health volunteers to assist in curtailing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the county.
Speaking to this paper recently, the District Health Officer of Kakata, Larry Boahndao said a guest from Uganda through the World Health Organization is visiting the county to train volunteers in controlling the transmission of the virus and contact tracing.
Mr. Boahndao noted that the volunteers will be tracing people who came in contact with infected people; be it alive or dead, in order for the county health team to monitor them systematically for the period of 2- 21-days.
According to him, the training targeted people from the affected communities in the county and how to trace and monitor people who come in contact with infected people for the 2-21-days period.
He said that for the tracing to be effective, they have planned on reopening C.H. Rennie Hospital which is the only Government’s referral hospital in the county explaining how many people are dying in the various communities from different conditions because of the closure of the hospital.
He stated that the hospital is closed as the result of the fear of Ebola and its reaction. Mr. Boahndao added that they have totally abandoned the hospital due to the lack of equipment and supports adding, “We cannot continue dying as health workers while serving the nation; we cannot do well for the nation in that manner.”
He maintained that when the hospital reopens, the health workers will continue to use the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to detect malaria, diarrhea and other cases as they were given to them by the government through the Ministry of Health.
Mr. Boahndao also said the only ambulance the hospital has is being used to transport Ebola patients to ELWA Hospital and appealed to the county authority and the government to provide additional ambulances to be used by the hospital to transport other patients.
He said to reopen the hospital; the health team will have to disinfect the entire facility for three days. It can be recalled that the hospital was shut down after 22 health workers contracted the virus out of which 14 have died with 8 at the ELWA treatment unit.
In a related development, the Public Health Initiative Liberia (Phil) has held one day training for stakeholders in Margibi County in its fight to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus with the aim of strengthening the capacity of stakeholders.
Over 40 participants including traditional leaders were trained and speaking to this paper, the Program Manager of Phil, Sophie Piah Reeves said the training was part of public health initiative of its Ebola Response Project in Liberia.
Mrs. Reeves said the project was in four counties; Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, and Gbarpolu Counties and the training targeted stakeholders from the affected counties in Liberia in order to identify with Ebola victims in the communities.
Mrs. Reeves then thanked Actionaid for providing funding for the Training and support to Public Health Initiative Liberia.