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Govt reports significant progress in Ebola fight

Augustine Myers
Flash back: burial during the intensive days of the disease in Liberia
Flash back: burial during the intensive days of the disease in Liberia

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Nov. 28, 2014)-Liberia’s Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services says the country is making significant progress in the fight against Ebola as compared to neighboring Sierra Leone.

Tolbert Nyenswah said: “Liberia is so far recording 10 to 20 confirmed cases daily.”

Assistant Health Minister Nyenswah made the statement Tuesday, November 25, 2014 when he appeared on the ELBC early morning interactive program, “Super Morning Show” in Paynesville.

He also said: “The cases were being reported in Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount, Margibi and Bong Counties.”

“Montserrado County alone accounts for most of the confirmed cases, being reported from the four counties.”

The Health Ministry official described as “good news,” that in the past four weeks, counties like Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Maryland have not reported new cases.”

“Health authorities feel confident that new Ebola cases are not on the increase, but warned it was too early to celebrate, he said.

Assistant Minister Nyenswah is meanwhile urging Liberians to remain careful and to adopt an operational plan and approach to move forward and make greater impact, if their country must achieve zero infection rates by December, 2014.

Meanwhile, amidst the reported significant progress in the fight against Ebola in Liberia, the Bong County Health Team has reported 22 new cases in the county.

The Liberia News Agency (LINA) quotes Bong County Health Team Administrator, Fatorma Jusu, as saying: “Ten of the cases are confirmed, one probable and eleven suspected.”

Mr. Jusu attributed the emergence of new Ebola cases in the county to the recent outbreak of the virus in Taylor Town.
He said: “Breaching the quarantine rules by residents of the town prompted the latest development.”

Mr. Jusu noted: “Unless the breaching of quarantine measures is addressed, Bong County runs the risk of experiencing a resurgence of the Ebola virus in the county.”
“There was an urgent step to address the situation,” he urged.

The Bong County Health Team Administrator made the statement Monday, November 24, 2014 during the regular Ebola Response Taskforce briefing at the Phebe Hospital.
The Phebe Hospital has reported 30 cases out of which ten have died.

 


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