C. H. Rennie Hospital Reopens

By Dougba K. McCay Correspondent

As Government continues strives to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the County, C.H. Rennie Hospital in Margibi County is now reopened.

The reopening ceremony was held in the Conference Hall of the Hospital on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in Kakata.

Speaking to this paper during the reopening, the Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Magnus Asinya, acknowledged that in June 2014, the Hospital recorded the first Ebola case involving a student from the Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute (KRTTI), something he said all nurses that attended to the patient were placed under 2-21 days Surveillance until declared negative.

Dr. Asinya lauded the county’s Administration including the Margibi Legislative Caucus, for their concern and support to the county’s Health Team, which has led to the reopening of the hospital.

Also making remarks, the Community Health Director, Mr. Joseph Korhene, placed the current death rate in the county since the outbreak in the county to 123, from June to September 3, 2014.

He added that the county has recorded 192 cases with 38 confirmed, seventy-six suspected and seventy- nine probable.

He stated further that out of the confirmed cases, 27 have died, forty-five have died out of the seventy-six suspected cases and fifty- one reported to have died out of the probable cases.

For his part, the Chairman of the Margibi Legislative Caucus, Rep. James Emmanuel Nuquqy, expressed disappointment over the alarming death rate in the county and maintained that the county’s Legislative Caucus had been working with Health Authorities to ensure that the Ebola situation in the county is adequately addressed.

Rep. Nuquay also used the occasion to extend condolences to the bereaved Families; especially families of health workers, something he disclosed that the County Administration was arranging special packages as motivation for health workers in the county.

Also speaking at the ceremony, the Supt. of Margibi County and head of the Margibi Taskforce, Supt. John Z. Buway thanked the county Health Team for the level of performance over the past months against the fight of the deadly Ebola virus in the county.

He further said with the reopening of the only Government referral hospital in the county, the spread of the virus will reduce and the high death toll will diminish.

Supt. Buway added that the local Administration is packaging a special token of appreciation for county Health Workers in the county.

Also speaking, a Physician Assistant at the C. H. Rennie Hospital and a survivor from the deadly Ebola virus, Mrs. Kyndy Kobbah, told the county Health Team and the county leadership that her infection, isolation and subsequent full recovery from the silent killer disease was not the end of the road in her medical service and that she will continue to work for the people of Margibi.

Mrs. Kobbah in tears said though she had gone through all the pains, agony and isolation as the result of the disease, she will continue to provide service to the people even in these difficult times and will use her status as a survivor to educate those that are of the notion that the disease does not exist.

Meanwhile she has recommended to the Government of Liberia to at less have Ebola Treatment Centers in all of the counties in Liberia, something she said will help to stop the death rate in the county and the country.