The administration of Ganta United Methodist Hospital has disclosed that they have admitted a suspected Ebola case into one of the private wards of the hospital.
The suspected Ebola patient— an infant— was transferred to Ganta Hospital from a nearby clinic in Flompa (a town few kilometers from Ganta to Saclapea).
Mr. Patrick Martor disclosed that the administration of the Ganta Hospital has set aside a private room in the hospital to cater to anyone who may come with a suspected case of Ebola.
Last week it was disclosed by the Acting Medical Director of Ganta Hospital that two suspected Ebola cases were transferred to JFK Hospital in Monrovia. After further observation of the patients it was announced that the cases were not Ebola.
The outbreak of the Ebola virus in neighboring Guinea is said to be causing some concern in Ganta, which is on the border with Guinea.
Presently, the border with Guinea is still open for business while patients suffering from other illnesses pour in daily from the Guinea, for treatments at the Ganta Hospital.
On the Liberian side of the border, immigration officers are wearing preventive gear since they are the first to interact with those entering Liberia from Guinea.
The Power House Clinic is one of the clinics where many Guineans visit for treatment. Due to the threat of Ebola the clinic had begun refusing patients who arrived with high temperatures and any that look like Ebola suspected cases.
Jerry Klee, the officer-in-charge, said “Whenever we check your blood pressure and find out that it is high, we refer you to the hospital because we do not have anything here to diagnose Ebola.”
However, the Ganta United Methodist Hospital has received a consignment of protective gear from the Ministry of Health through the County Health Team.
Among the items delivered were IV fluid, gloves, masks, plastic gowns, caps among other things.
As part of the prevention measures, the County Health Team located in Sanniquellie is preparing an area as a center for anyone who may come down with or is suspected of having the virus.
During the regime of former Liberian President Charles G. Taylor there was an outbreak of bloody diarrhea known as “Samson”. This diarrhea took the lives of many in Nimba County.
“What is the difference between Samson and this Ebola virus? Because Samson too was deadly,” said an elderly man in Ganta.