Margibi County Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Adolphus Yeiah, has disclosed that about 256 persons have been ‘quarantined’ in Gaygbah and Papa towns, Borlorla Township in Gibi District. At least one person died over the weekend of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).
Dr. Yeiah’s disclosure comes after nearly a month of not a single case recorded.
The Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi Correspondent, Richard Baysah, quoted Dr. Yeiah as saying that the victim came from the St. Paul Bridge Community in Monrovia over the weekend with the hope of seeking ‘treatment from an herbalist in the Gibi District of an unknown ailment.’
Although Dr. Yeiah did not disclose the name of the victim, he however said the deceased was taken to Gaygbah Town, Borlorla Township in Gibi District where he was later confirmed to have died of the Ebola virus.
“Margibi County Health Team (CHT) and partners upon hearing news about the incident quickly moved into the town and performed an Ebola test of the victim, which eventually proved positive,” Dr. Yeiah is quoted as saying.
Immediately following the test, he, in collaboration with partners, ordered 256 people to be ‘quarantined’ from Gaygbah and Papa towns, as well as those from the nearby towns and villages that came into direct contact with the victim prior to his death.
“This latest case where a lady brought her sick husband into Margibi County from the St. Paul Bridge Community is counterproductive. This unwholesome behavior has the propensity to cause the resurgence of the virus,” the Margibi County CMO lamented.
The latest development raises a red flag as government prepares to close down certain Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) in Montserrado County.
The National Chairman of Case Management of the Incident Management System, Dr. Moses Massaquoi, told the Ministry of Information daily Ebola press briefing on Tuesday that the ETUs slated for closure through the Ministry of Health are MOD 1 and MOD 2 located in Congo Town outside Monrovia.
According to Dr. Massaquoi, the two ETUs will bring to three the number of units shut down so far. The Unity Conference Center ETU in Virginia outside Monrovia was the first that was closed down on February 1.
The process of decommissioning most of the ETUs became necessary and very safe, “because the Ministry of Health has assigned teams with expertise in the decontamination process to ensure that the ETUs are disinfected at all levels.”
Meanwhile, the head of the Incident Management System, Tolbert Nyenswah, has confirmed an outbreak of new Ebola cases, which he says continue to be reported in Montserrado County.
Nyenswah then expressed the fear that the new outbreaks could spread to Margibi, Lofa and Bomi counties, because some residents of the affected communities have fled under the cover darkness to those counties.
He named the affected communities with the new cases as Zuba Town, Crab Hole and Gbangai Town in the St. Paul Bridge vicinity.
According to Nyenswah, some of those who contracted the virus have already left those communities and reportedly migrated to Margibi, Lofa and Bong counties, which “have been declared free from Ebola for some time now.”