Four health workers in Montserrado County have been infected with the Ebola virus, the head of the Incident Management System (IMS), Tolbert Nyenswah, has disclosed.
This brings to over 300 infections among healthcare givers nationwide with more than 170 deaths since the Ebola outbreak in March of this year, according to the Health Ministry Situational Report.
In an interview Monday conducted by LINA, Nyenswah said the four are being treated at the U.S. Army-run Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) in Charlesville, Margibi County, set up specifically for health workers and foreign volunteers.
According to him, the health workers did not get infected at an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), but at private facilities or homes where they cared for suspected patients without proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
“The new infections of these health workers should constitute a somber reminder to Liberians that Ebola is still in the country and people should stop playing doctor, but rather report all forms of illnesses to the hospital,” he said.
The MMU, dedicated November 5, was financed by the American Government and built jointly by the United States Military and the Armed Forces of Liberia.