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Ebola survivor attributes more deaths at ETUs to neglect

By Jacob Parley

(www.elbcradio/Liberia/Oct. 15, 2014)-A Liberian nurse has named neglect as one of the major contributing factors of numerous deaths at Ebola Treatment Units in Liberia.

According to Candy Korvah, a staff of the C. H. Rennie Hospital in Margibi County, most Ebola patients are not being properly fed.

Madam Korvah, an Ebola survivor, said: “Improving on these challenges could help save more lives than escorting dozens of dead bodies to burial sites.”

She made the statement Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Information Ministry’s regular Ebola Update Program in Monrovia.

The Ebola survivor made reference to the alleged lack of proper counseling of and requisite attention to patients, as depicted by the medical profession, as another challenge in the Ebola fight in Liberia.

“Such treatment against Ebola patients and suspects was causing more deaths in the country since the outbreak.”

Madam Korvah warned that winning the war against the Ebola disease may become a failure, if health-care workers do not improve their relationships with patients.

She named proper care, regular feeding, counseling, among others, as improved ways of dealing with infected persons.

Explaining her ordeal, the Ebola survivor also noted: “I contracted the virus while attending to a patient at the C. H. Rennie Hospital.”

Recently, a Liberian doctor made similar revelation, in addition to accounts from survivors, since the killer virus’ outbreak in the country.

The doctor, name withheld, is an Ebola survivor himself.


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