The compound of the government-owned hospital, the C.H. Rennie, in Kakata, Margibi County, was heavily barricaded by the Liberia National Police Support Unit (PSU) Wednesday when news broke that more than 13 persons there were in critical condition as a result of contracting the deadly Ebola virus.
Two ambulances were seen moving at terrific speed flashing lights with sirens to and fro on the principal streets of Kakata and the C. H. Rennie Hospital. This triggered intense fear among Kakata residents.
The residents included relatives whose families were reported to have been diagnosed positive of the virus and were seen standing a distance from the hospital compound while health workers were busy arranging the transport of suspected Ebola patients to Monrovia.
Speaking to the Daily Observer Wednesday, August 6, on condition of anonymity, a nurse of the C.H. Rennie Hospital said about 13 persons were in isolation room due to their extremely poor health condition.
She told our reporter, “Thirteen persons are currently in the isolation room, all of them are showing the signs and symptoms of the deadly disease. Among the 13, she said, three may not live to see tomorrow (Thursday) because their condition is growing from bad to worse.”
When our Margibi County Correspondent contacted health officials to make comment, they refused saying they were too were busy with patients at the hospital and could not talk to any journalist.
In chat with the Daily Observer at his office, the County Superintendent, John Zubah Buway, said the medical report from the Rennie Hospital suggests that 12 health workers at the hospital were quarantined.
According to him, out of the 12, three have been diagnosed positive of the virus. He said there was a report of two dead.
In another development, Supt. Buway said that there are reports of mysterious deaths in the county. On Wednesday August 6, 2014, he said, he received reports of additional Ebola cases.
A lady died on Wednesday morning in the Benda Community area in Kakata city, he said. On the same day, a pastor (name not given) also died in the Harbel community area after going to visit his friend in that part of Margibi County.
Meanwhile, the Margibi County Superintendent has announced the amount of US$20,000 to help fight the Ebola epidemic. He said the US$20,000 is from the County Development Funds.
The money will be used to carry out sensitization including awareness and education on preventive measures against the Ebola virus.