All remaining confirmed Ebola cases alongside two other suspected cases that tested negative was on Monday discharged from the ELWA Ebola treatment unit, meaning that there are no more confirmed cases of the disease in Liberia. The four discharged confirmed cases—Cassius Kollie, Othello Miah, Moses Duo and MawenAquoi—were part of the Nedowein (Margibi County) cluster discovered late June to the outbreak of a third outbreak of the disease.
They were the first cases of the disease here since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Liberia Ebola-free on May 9, 2015.
Two persons-a 17-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman—have died since this new wave of the disease, which killed some 4,800 people in Liberia.
At a short ceremony marking the certification of the quadruplet, the head of Liberia’s Ebola response, Tolbert Nyenswah said their release was not only a victory of the current wave of the disease but a vote of confidence in the country’s infection prevention and control system.
“You look very healthy; we see you like young people coming from the football field,” he told the four discharged patients.
“This is the capacity we have right now to save lives. When we speak of capacity that is what we are talking about. You can bring confirmed people here, cure them and discharge them. We have a strong team to save the lives of these people. The ETU (Ebola treatment unit) is not a death camp; you can come here and survive. This is what we can demonstrate even if Ebola comes back. This is a clear manifestation that we have the capacity to deal with this issue,” he said.
“Today we are putting them out. Abide by the rules, you know the rules,” he added.
“The Ebola situation we are under now is very dangerous. I want to tell my friends that we have to be very mindful of other things,” said one of the survivors, Cassius Kollie, 24.
For the four discharged persons, Monday, July 20, 2015 was not an ordinary day. It was a day of redemption from one of the most virulent diseases ever known to humankind.
“Now that I have survived, I feel fine. I have no pain in my body again,” said Othello Miah, 19.
“I feel fine [leaving the ETU today],” remarked nine-year-old Moses Duo. He said he knew he would have left the ETU alive because of the kind of treatment he was receiving. .
Dr. AdolphusYeai, the County Health Officer of Margibi County said it was a good day for the health team of Margibi County.
“I consider myself the happiest man in this group because to have people entering the ETU and recovering is a good thing. We are happy that these guys (actually three males and a solitary female) can recover. This really gives us more energy because our hope and goal of quickly quarantining and cutting off the area and engaging these vigorous activities to break the chain of transmission and so that our people can survive has proven to be effective.
The four Ebola survivors were immediately admitted into the membership of the Liberia Ebola Survivors Network, a group advocating for the rights of survivors, before being returned home with food rations, mattresses and beddings.
Meanwhile, two other persons-an elderly man and a woman—were also discharged from the treatment unit after they tested negative of the disease. Courtesy: MICAT.