By Antoinette Sendolo
After several months of intensive fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the Ministry of Health is today expected to discharge the only confirmed Ebola patient in the country.
According to Mr. Nyenswah, today March 5, 2015 makes it thirteen days without any new case of Ebola in Montserrado County and also the beginning of the forty-two days count down which will guarantee that Montserrado is free of the virus as the Ministry discharges the only confirmed patient.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular Ebola press briefing, the Assistant Minister for preventive services at the Ministry of Health, Tolbert Nyenswah, disclosed that the only confirmed Ebola patient who was treated at the Chinese ETU in Paynesville has been tested negative after receiving treatment and will be discharged today.
Mr. Nyenswah said though there is only one case to be discharged, the Ministry is currently observing about one hundred and two people who might have been in contact with suspected Ebola patients.
He explained that Lofa county has gone one hundred and nineteen days; Bomi County has gone ninety-eight days; Bong County, seventy- one days; Nimba County, seventy-three days; Grand Bassa County seventy-eight days while Margibi has gone sixteen days and Montserrado County has gone twelve days without new Ebola case something he described as a welcoming news for Liberia in the fight against the virus.
The Assistant Minister for preventive services noted that though the country is making significant progress in the battle against Ebola, there is still a need for people to adhere to all the preventive measures given by the Ministry of Health and its partners.
Mr. Nyenswah acknowledged that the involvement of the communities and the contact tracing strategy played a major role in eliminating the virus which claimed the lives of several people across the country.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nyenswah is calling on all those considered as contacts to stay at home for the period of twenty-one days in order to avoid physical contact with others in case they come down with the virus something he said will be healthy for the entire country.