A philosophical statement says “If you would be honored, honor and be honorable.”
This is exactly what unfolded in the life of one of Liberia’s few medical doctors, Gorbee Logan, whose efforts, combined with others in different quarters, have led to a decline in Ebola cases in the country.
Dr. Logan is assigned at the Government Hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, which was among those hardest hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease, which has claimed more than 3000 lives in Liberia.
He used the anti-retroviral therapy with other supplements to successfully treat some at least 10 Ebola patients in that county.
In a statement of recognition to him in the Calvary Baptist Church on 18th Street, Sinkor, the head pastor, Rev. G. Larque Vaye, emphasized that Dr. Logan and Liberian health workers clearly demonstrated patriotism and ethics during this tough time in Liberian history.
Rev. Vaye noted that Dr. Logan, being one of his church members, has made them proud in discharging his duty amidst challenges that many medical practitioners could not withstand, and was pleased to recognize his efforts so that others can emulate his (Dr. Logan’s) good example.
He (Rev. Vaye) believes that awards and honors await Dr. Logan, and for the church not to be behind in recognizing their own, they deemed it expedient to take the first turn.
Sharing his impression in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer on December 21 following the honoring, Dr. Gorbee Logan said he was pleased for Liberians to recognize his and others’ efforts in this health crisis.
Recounting ordeals encountered in Bomi, he said cases began emerging from June and in September Ebola cases escalated in the county leading to the death of at least nine of his health workers.
According to him, traditional practices including bathing of dead bodies and performing other rituals that require coming in close contact with the sick and dead aided the increase of Ebola in Bomi.
He said after months of intense work to convince the people to denounce cultural practices in curing Ebola, they can now boast that Bomi is relieved of Ebola, with only three cases in Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs).
He said the cases are from Grand Cape Mount County where the same traditional practices are still carried out.
Dr. Logan lauded UNFPA for its assistance to the health team in Bomi, acknowledging that it has led them to reach community dwellers in various homes and deliver health messages to them.