By Timothy T. Seaklon
An Epidemiology Survey conducted by National Ebola Task Force has revealed that more men are being infected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) than women within the thirty first, thirty second and thirty three weeks of the menace.
The head of the National Ebola Case Management Team and Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Services, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, told journalists at yesterday’s edition of the Special Ebola Press Briefing that seventy percent of men had been infected in the three weeks which falls in the month of August as compared to thirty percent of women that were infected.
Minister Nyesnwah said as of yesterday, Montserrado County still tops the Ebola infection chart followed by Lofa and Margibi Counties.
Minister Nyenswah explained that the survey’s finding revealed that between the ages of 25 to 34 are highly infected with the EBOLA Virus Disease with the ages of 35 to 40m being the second most infected and ages 45 to 54 being the third most infected.
Minister Nyeswah who displayed the chart of the Epidemiology Survey but could not release same to journalists said, children less than five years and adults over 60 years are the less affected by the virus.
Nyenswah, a preventive Health Service specialist, further indicated that among health workers operating in the country, nurses and Nurse Aids are the most affected while doctors and Physician Assistants have the lower affected rate of Ebola.
Touching on the most affected areas in Montserrado County, Minister Nyeswah said Caldwell, New Kru Town, several parts of Bushrod Island and West Point are seriously affected, a reason for which the Island Clinic was opened last Sunday for the treatment of Ebola patients.
He said since the opening of the 150 beds in Island Clinic last Sunday, the facility has admitted 112 patients with about 56 Ebola patients being transferred from the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town.
Tolbert Nyenswah further said 49 out of the 112 patients were tested Negative for Ebola but are being monitored and being treated for Malaria, fever, running stomach and other sicknesses. “We are monitoring them and there will be another Ebola test on them within the next 48 hours,” he added.
He said of the patients at the Island Clinic, 56 of them are Ebola positive and are receiving treatment and being catered to by the over 75 medical team.
Minister Nyenswah unveiled that in thirty day’s time the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) at the New Defense Ministry in Congo Town will be opened; stressing that Government’s plan is to erect 17 ETU throughout the country.
Minister Nyenswah dispelled rumors that the United States Marines had examined and discharged several Ebola suspects in the country and that there were only two cases of the virus.
In fact, he noted that the government of Liberia (GOL) is discharging many person from the Ebola centers after they have been treated, saying, “We discharged 14 persons from the JFK Memorial Hospital that were infected but later proved negative.”