By Morrison O.G. Sayon from Grand Bassa
As the deadly Ebola virus rages on in the country, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has visited several health facilities in Grand Bassa County.
The visit of the Liberian leader is to get first-hand information at the various health facilities in Bassa about the precarious situation that has befallen the country. Madam Sirleaf said her visit was to acquaint herself with situations affecting those at the health centers in Grand Bassa and other parts of the county.
Liberia has the highest number of deaths so far from the Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
President Sirleaf on Thursday, visited several parts of Grand Bassa County and health centers in the county. Some of the places visited by the Liberian leader include, Bokay Town, Dowein, Barclayville, the Diahn Pleh Holding Center near Compound #1, the Lloydsville Health Center and the St John Clinic in Fortsville.
Other areas visited by Madam Sirleaf were the St Peter Claver Health Center in the port city of Buchanan, the former LAMCO Hospital now ArcelorMittal Health Center and the Liberian Government Hospital in central Buchanan.
At the various health centers in Grand Bassa County, the President lauded health workers for their sacrificial services to humanity promising that Government will do everything possible to meet some of their immediate needs.
During her visit, the President and her entourage distributed some Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) and assorted items for health workers at the various health centers in Bassa. President Sirleaf assured that Ebola will end in Liberia reminding the citizens to follow the measures by the Ministry of Health.
Pres. Sirleaf used the visit to thank private health institutions that include the Catholic Hospital in Buchanan and the ArcelorMittal Health Center in the port city that are assisting with the fight of the Ebola virus. She also lauded the staff at the Liberian Government Hospital for their continuous efforts in eradicating the Ebola virus.
She lauded the staff of the various health centers for their commitment at the time when the nation is facing its difficulties. In spite of the difficulties, President Sirleaf added that Liberia will overcome the ongoing Ebola epidemic with the help of partners who are assisting the Liberian Government.
At the same time, the County Health Officer of Grand Bassa, Dr. Joseph Kekura has disclosed that at least 21 persons have died from the deadly Ebola virus in the county. Dr. Kekura further disclosed that there are 44 confirmed cases of the Ebola virus saying that District#1 and two are the most affected areas in Grand Bassa County.
The Grand Bassa County Health Officer also pointed out that among the 21 deaths, sixteen died in various communities while six died in hospital. He said the situation indicates that the community structure needs to be strengthened and a robust contact tracing be put into place.
Dr. Kekura said among challenges facing the county are that the referral system is non-functional; the construction of an Ebola Center in the county due to the over crowdedness of assisting treatment centers in the county; the inadequacy of ambulances in Grand Bassa.
He wants the provision of four new ambulances in various places in Bassa to quickly respond to the Ebola crisis. Dr. Kekura also called for support to the burial team in terms of vehicles and other equipment to enhance the work of health workers.
Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has presented a brand new vehicle to the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County. The Pick-up is to be used by authorities of the hospital as it continues to fight against the Ebola virus. The pick-up was made available by the Fula Community in Liberia.