By Antoinette Sendolo
In the wake of the new outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, the Ministry of Health through the Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Doctor Francis Ketter, has disclosed that sixteen people are currently being quarantined in the A.B. Tolbert community in Paynesville, following the death of an Ebola patient.
According to Dr. Ketter, the latest Ebola patient from A.B. Tolbert Road is in connection with the recent case involving the seventeen-year old boy who died in Margibi County.
Dr. Ketter has at the same time disclosed that there are four confirmed cases of Ebola patients that are currently in the ETU.
Dr. Ketter said though the virus has extended to Montserrado, there is no need for people to panic on grounds that the Ministry of Health is doing all it could to contain the situation in order to avoid the recurrence of what happened last year (2014) where the virus took away the lives of many people.
“We now have the expertise and we are also well equipped to handle the current situation so there’s no need for panic. All you have to do is to inform our team whenever you have information on any suspected Ebola case,” Doctor Ketter assured.
The Chief Medical Officer added that in order to curtail the spread of the virus, those who are considered contacts or suspects should remain where they are being monitored and also try to be open to health workers when they start to experience some signs of the virus.
“To win this fight, we need the collaboration of everybody especially those who are quarantined. Please be free to talk to our team members when you have headache or other signs of the virus so that you can be treated on time,” he added.
He also disclosed that the ministry is presently monitoring one hundred and twenty four people in Margibi County who might have been in contact with the seventeen-year old boy.
He also added that there is a need for health workers and county health teams to be on the alert to ensure that the virus is contained.
Dr. Francis Ketter encouraged citizens to continue to adhere to all the necessary Ebola preventive measures given by the Ministry of Health and its partners in order to stop the spread of the virus.
The Ebola virus recently returned to Liberia nearly seven weeks after the country was declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization on May 9 2015.
Since the virus resurfaced, the Ministry of Health has tried all it can to be on top of the situation in order to contain the spread of the virus in the country. Though people seem to have fear but the ministry continues to assure the public that things are under control.