As Gov’t Reopens C.H. Rennie Hospital, Margibi Ebola Death Rises to 123

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Authorities of the Margibi County Health Team have officially re-opened the government’s only referral hospital in Margibi County, C.H. Rennie in Kakata City.

The reopening ceremony was held in the hospital’s conference hall on Wednesday September 3, in Kakata.

Authorities of the hospital had closed it due to the rapid spread of the deadly Ebola virus among health workers at the hospital. The situation led to the death of many inhabitants including some health workers in the county.

Speaking during the reopening, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Magnus Asinya, acknowledged that in June 2014, the hospital recorded the first Ebola case involving a student from Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI).  He said, during that time all nurses that attended to the patient were placed under a 21-day surveillance until declared negative.

According to the C.H. Rennie Hospital Medical Director on July 26, the hospital recorded the second case, the case that led to most of their colleagues contracting the virus.

Dr. Asinya pointed out that due to the severity of the Ebola transmission among health workers at the hospital, they all lost hope, faith, courage, and security. As a result all services at the hospital were shut down.

He lauded the county’s administration, including the legislative caucus, for their concern and continued support that have led to the reopening of the hospital.

Dr. Asinya stated that with the present level of encouragement emanating from both central government and local administration, workers at the hospital can now muster the courage to return to serve the nation and its people.

Also making remarks, Community Health Director, Mr. Joseph Korhene, placed the current death rate since the outbreak in the county to 123. Since June to September 3, 2014, he noted the county has recorded 192 cases with 38 confirmed, 76 suspected and 76 probable.

The Margibi county Community health director furthered that out of the confirmed cases, 27 have died, while 45 people have died out of the 78 suspected cases and 51 people are reported to have died out of the 76 probable cases recorded.

For his Part, Margibi County Legislative Caucus Chairman James Emmanuel Nuquay expressed frustration over the alarming death rate in the county. He said, the county’s legislative caucus had been working with top health authorities to ensure that the Ebola situation in the county and country is promptly addressed.

Rep. Nuquay, the House’s Ways, Means and Finance Chair, said when the disease surfaced in the county, he along with his colleagues quickly engaged health authorities including Dr. Bernice Dahn, Chief Medical Officer, Republic of Liberia, who was very instrumental in setting up interim county health leadership to handle the situation.

He used the occasion to extend condolences to bereaved families; especially families of health workers. He disclosed that the county administration was arranging special packages as motivation for health workers in the county.

Also speaking, Margibi County Supt. John Zubah Buway thanked the county health team for the level of performance exhibited over the past months in handling the health crisis in the county.

Supt. Buway stated that with the reopening of the only government referral hospital in the county, the spread of the virus would be reduced and the “high death rate will drop, too.” He buttressed Rep. Nuquay’s disclosure that the local administration is packaging a special token of appreciation for health workers in the county.

The Margibi County, however, made it clear that the package may not serve all health workers in the county. 

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