By Antoinette Sendolo
The Ministry of Health through the Chief Medical Officer, Mr. Francis Ketteh, has disclosed that the two recent confirmed Ebola patients are responding to treatment and they might be discharged soon. The two patients are said to be relatives of the thirty-year old lady who was recently tested positive of the Ebola virus in the country.
According to Dr. Ketteh, as of the time he spoke yesterday at the Ministry of Information, there were no new contacts identified noting that about twelve contacts have completed the twenty-one days observation period. He said currently, there are fifty-eight contacts on daily monitoring by the Ministry of Health adding they (contacts) will be graduating come April 25 if no new case of the Ebola virus emerges among them.
Dr. Francis Ketteh said the Ministry of Health has the capacity and the expertise to deal with Ebola outbreak now so there’s no need for panic adding that the Ministry is doing all it could to ensure that the virus does not spread further. “Ebola has taught us not to do those things we did before so now we can clearly say that the Ministry remains resilient in combating the spread of the virus among our people,” Ketteh said. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is calling on every Liberian to remain resilient and continue carrying out the Ebola preventive measures given by WHO and other health organizations something the Ministry of Health sees as a major factor in fighting the virus.
This is the third time the Ebola virus has resurfaced since the country was officially declared free of the virus by the World Health Organization. Liberia was among the three West African Nations that were highly hit by the virus in 2014 recording over thousands of deaths.