Ellen Sees Signs of Ebola Reduction

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently said that the deadly Ebola disease is showing signs of stabilization in the country, especially Monrovia.

According to President Sirleaf, residents of the capital city, Monrovia, are beginning to see steadiness, in the city that received some of the worst hits since the outbreak of Ebola in 1976.

Madam Sirleaf further stated that patients going to Ebola treatment units (ETUs) have dropped.

She added that the nation was on the road to solving the Ebola problem.

Hailing international efforts to put a halt on the Ebola outbreak, Sirleaf expressed her optimism that the three disease-stricken countries would finally manage to bring the crisis under control.

"The international response is quite large… so now we are very hopeful that while it was late in coming, we now have the capacity to be able to address this in a very significant way," she pointed out.

Her comments came shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Wednesday that the Ebola death toll has risen to 3,338, with over half of the fatalities in Liberia.

Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding.

The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces, sweat or urine.  It can also be spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.

It remains one of the world’s most virulent diseases that kills between 25 to 90 percent of those who fall sick. There is currently no known cure for Ebola.

Meanwhile, the assistant Minister for Preventive Service at the Ministry Of Health, Tolbert Nyenswah, said, there are more empty beds at the various Ebola Treatment Units after several persons were discharged.

He explained that the capacity of testing in the country has increased through the efforts of the local and international partners helping in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.

Minister Nyenswah at the same time expressed thanks and appreciation to the health workers for their priceless efforts in saving lives as well as others in support of government efforts.

He urged the public to not to stay home if suspected of the deadly Ebola virus but report for quick testing.  He warned the those suspected of infection not to use commercial vehicles, rather, they should use an ambulance.

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