Lofa Almost Declare Ebola Free
By Morrison O.G. Sayon, In Lofa County
Lofa County, the epicenter of the vicious Ebola virus is expected to be Ebola-free soon with just six remaining cases at the largest Ebola Treatment Center (ETU) in Foya, Lofa County. However, MSF has warned of cross-border activities as the virus has reached its highest peak in neighboring Guinea.
President Ellen-Johnson-Sirleaf who is visiting health facilities in the northern county of Lofa was informed by health workers in the county that the rate of Ebola has significantly decreased with just six recorded cases at the ETU in Lofa County.
Health workers at the largest ETU in Foya have complained of food shortage and delay in their salary payment by Government. Information gathered from MSF authorities says there has been significant gain made n the fight against the vicious virus in Lofa County.
Serge St. Louis, MSF Project Coordinator in Lofa disclosed that there have been no new cases in the past three weeks. He said there were ten patients at the ETU in the entire Lofa County over the past three weeks but has decreased to only six since Monday.
However, St. Louis has warned of cross-border activities calling on government to be vigilant as the Ebola virus has reached its highest peak along the Liberian-Guinean border. Report says Massanta and Geikaydou near the Liberian border are the highest hit towns in recent times.
Lofa County is one of Liberia’s bordering towns with Guinea and Sierra Leone, the two countries devastatingly affected by the vicious Ebola virus. Latest report suggests that Ebola is raging in Gaikaydou and Massanta close to the Liberian border, hence health observers say for Lofa to be completely clear of the deadly Ebola virus, Liberia’s borders must remain closed with other affected neighboring countries.
At the same time, President Sirleaf has lauded health workers in Lofa County for their commitment and dedication something that has led to the decrease in the rate of Ebola in their county. The Liberian leader praised those who have dedicated themselves to the fight against the vicious virus saying that government will ensure that health workers receive their just benefits.
President Sirleaf visited several health centers on Monday in Lofa including the largest ETU in Foya, the FoyaBorma Hospital, Holahum Health Center; the Telewoyan Hospital. Telewoyan is the largest referral hospital in the northern county of Lofa and despite the opening of an isolation center, it has not received any Ebola patient, health authorities at the hospital have said.