At least 16 Ebola survivors were Monday, September 15, discharged from the Ebola treatment unit within the compound of the
John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor. The treatment center is run by the World Health Organization (WHO) and managed
by Ugandan medical personnel assisted by Liberian volunteers. Ugandan doctor Attai Omoruto, who is WHO consultant heading the center, said it is very important for everyone to know that early presentation helps to save lives.
Dr. Omoruto stated that patients, who present themselves very early when they start to show signs of the deadly disease, are likely to survive then those who wait until they are weak. “We all know that this sickness is very deadly and in order to save your live, it is always good for the patient to come in early to the Ebola treatment center for test; if you are tested and found positive the nurses and doctors will give you the necessary treatments that will make you to survive. But if you report yourself very late at a dying moment you won’t survive because the virus has destroy most of the active parts of your system,” she stated.
The Ugandan Doctor thanked the Liberian Government for the support. She also thanked the volunteer health workers for joining them (Ugandans) in the fight against Ebola. She used the occasion to disclose that the Ugandan health team at the treatment center would move to Island Clinic when renovations works are completed.
Reading the statistics, Dr. Omoruto stated that since they opened on August 17, the center has received 146 patients, of which 60 have survived and 83 have died. She warned the 16 survivors to abstain from sex for at least four months, stating: “The Ebola virus still lives within the semen and could infect others,” even though they are now immune to the virus as survivors.
Serving as the spokesperson for him and fellow survivors, Mr. Joseph S. Baker, a former worker of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), thanked the Liberian government for the level of work in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
“I worked for LEC; I had four Ebola suspected dead bodies in my house, my little daughter and I were arrested by the Ebola Health team and they brought us to this center, the situation was tough but God helped us and save our lives through the Ugandan and the Liberian doctors.
He called on all Liberians to join the Ebola fight by reporting themselves or patients early to treatment centers when they show symptomsof the disease. Among the survivors, was a toddler.