Several More Patients Out From ELWA…Pregnant Woman Gives Birth At Center: Gov’t Threatens Action Against Misuse Of Funds

By Janjay F. Campbell

The ELWA isolation center yesterday released twelve Ebola survivors declaring them free of the deadly disease, including a woman that gives birth in the isolation center.

Speaking with reporters yesterday, Dr. Jerry Brown said the twelve patients were confirmed with the Ebola virus, but were treated at an early stage and recover. He said they were tested again yesterday to make sure that they were negative.

According to him, one of the survivors lost her four children to the Ebola virus while the other survivor lost her husband to the deadly disease. He said the lady who lost her husband to the Ebola virus was tested and the result was negative.

He said that Princess Sieh who lost her husband was brought to the isolation center when she was rejected at a clinic during labor pain. He said Princess who was tested negative of the Ebola virus give birth to a baby girl.

At the same time, Liberia Finance Minister, Amara Konneh has sent out a warning to those who are misusing the Ebola funds. He said those who are in the habit of pocketing funds that are meant to fight the deadly disease, when caught they will be jail.

Minister Konneh said wasteful spending will be stop in Government and the money will be use to build more isolation centers in and around Montserrado. He said the deadly virus have attack the people of Liberia and Liberians most fight the disease.

He said a disease Liberia did not make is killing Liberians everyday. He stressed that everything is being done to fight the deadly disease. To the health workers who are risking their lives to save Liberians, Minister Konneh said the Government of Liberia will give the health workers anything they need.

He further said the Government is doing all it can to deal with the amount the health workers are asking for. He stated that health workers are asking for US$1,000 each for hazard pay apart from their regular pay they are getting at the end of the month.

According to him, the health workers are asking for extra pay for the extra work they are doing. He said he made phone calls to Sierra Leone and Guinea to ask about health workers pay. He mentioned that he was told that health workers are making US$200 apart from their hazard pay.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Minister for Preventive Services at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Tolbert Nyenswah said 57 persons across Liberia have been declared Ebola free. He stressed that there are a lot of negative cases being reporter everyday.