In The Wake Of More Reported Cases: Ebola Center Opens In Cape Mount…Virus Kills 12-Yr Old In Nimba; Several Quarantined For 21 Days
In a bid to curb the further spread of the Ebola Virus Disease(EVD) the Government of Liberia(GOL) has opened an Ebola Treatment Unit(ETU) in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County.
The ETU which appears to be one of the best in the country is expected to be managed by the International Organization for Migration(IOM) and staff by a team of Ebola experts coming from South Africa, Uganda and headed by Dr. David Wasambla, a Kenyan.
The ETU which was constructed with funding from USAID, the Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL), World Health Organization(WHO) and other partners is a 50-bed treatment center which is fully air-conditioned with water and other disposable facilities.
Speaking at the ceremony, the County Health Officer of Grand Cape Mount,Dr. Laura Cooper expressed joy that the county now has an ETU to treat Ebola patients as fresh cases continue to erupt.
Dr. Cooper noted that the major challenge being faced by the county health team is to make the people of the county abandon their cultural and religious practices most of which lead to the transmission of the EVD.
Also speaking at the occasion, Mr. Tony Banbury, Special Representative of the United Nations(UN) Secretary General said the UN remains committed to the fight against Ebola and expressed optimism that with the level of progress experienced in Liberia, Ebola will soon go away from the country.
The head of the Incident Management System(IMS) Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah said the President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is committed to fighting Ebola until it is vanquished from the country.
He said the ETU came at a time when there is a growing level of the EVD in the county and noted that government along with its partners are working frantically to curtail the further spread of the virus.
He urged citizens of the county to observe the preventive measures put in place to stop the spread and further transmission of the Ebola virus.
Mr. Nyenswah further urged the citizens and residents of the area to make use of the ETU, contrary to which they will not be able to defeat Ebola. “Stop those traditional and religious practices that are encouraging the further transmission of the virus,” Mr. Nyenswah admonished.
With stand-by ambulances and a state of the art ETU well equipped with modern facilities, the GOL Grand Cape Mount ETU is expected to perform miracle if properly used by the people of the area.
In a related development, the Medical Director at the Ganta ETU in Nimba County has disclosed that the deadly Ebola virus has killed a 12- year old girl in the Yekepa region.
Disclosing this on the RKFM Community Radio in Ganta, the Medical Director assigned at the Ganta ETU, Dr. Paye Gbeinmie said Ebola has resurfaced in Yekepa thus, killing a 12-year old girl.
He said the County Health Team has Quarantined 48 persons who came in contact with the little girl in Yekepa, Nimba County.
In an interview with The INQUIRER via mobile phone from the Ganta ETU, Dr.Gbeinmie said that after few days the girl died from the deadly virus at the center.
He told this paper that the mother of the girl was confirmed positive of the virus and is presently at the ETU undergoing medical treatment. “For the past three months there has been no report of the deadly virus in the county,” Dr. Gbeinmie in formed the paper in Ganta over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the 48 persons have been quarantined for 21 days by the County Health Team in the county. Our correspondent in Nimba County confirmed that the Ebola virus has killed over 75 persons in that county since March, 2014 while over 650 persons have contracted the virus.