By: Rancy Teewia
Amid conflicting stories about the resurfacing of the deadly ebola virus in the country, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health has stated that final results from the test conducted on the suspected case of the deadly disease has confirmed negative and that the Minister of Health Dr. Whilmena Jallah will address the Press today at the usual media briefing slated to be held at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) by 11 am , according to the release signed by Mr Daniel Nuxe Thomas , Assistant Minister, Information Services said.
The suspected ebola case went viral in the course of the week when it was reported that a female returned from Nzerekoure, one of the troubled spots in Guinea few days ago with high fever and running stomach and was on medication at a local clinic around the FDA Community in Paynesville for about 3 days before going to MEDICOVER Clinic where she was reported being treated and was placed under isolation. The clinic was said to have been under surveillance awaiting laboratory results from the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, Bushrod Island.
Liberia’s next-door Guinea, on February 14, 2021, informed the World Health Organizatio(WHO) of a cluster of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases in the sub-prefecture of Gouécké, Nzérékoré Region, Guinea between 18 January and 13 February 2021. The cases showed symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding after attending the burial of another relative (a 51 year-old nurse) on 1 February 2021. It was later on reported that the outbreak has so far claimed the death of 4 persons and 18 others were being treated and isolated in some health centers in the area.
President George Weah who has been on his maiden edition of the county wide tour mandated the Health authorities at the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) to reactivate all activities to make sure the country was prepared adequately to respond proactively in any case of eventuality. The government has so far dispatched a team of health professionals in Lofa, Nimba, Bong, Gbarpolu, and Grand Cape Mount Counties to step up activities against stopping the virus from making its way into Liberia.
The press briefing from the Minister today will provide ample information on how far the government has gone to confront the virus if it eventually breaks out as well as knowing measures being put in place to keep the citizens on the alert.
The ebola disease in 2014 devastated the 3 Mano River Union Countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia and has had a huge toil on the recovery level of these countries. Liberia was said to have lost more than 4, 000 persons to the virus.