Ganta Ebola Holding Site Lacks Basic Facilities

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The newly identified Ebola case holding site in the vicinity of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital is said to be receiving a great setback in readiness for use due to inadequate basic facilities.

The administrator of the Ganta Hospital, V. Dooloakeh Taryor, told the Daily Observer that the holding site lacks water, proper toilet facilities, and other essentials.

“Although, we have given the Eye Clinic to be used as the holding site, regular water is needed, while toilet and other facilities in the building need to be repaired,” he said.

The inadequacy of the holding site to remove suspected and positive Ebola cases is causing apprehension and disappointment among the Ganta residents of where reports of deaths of Ebola patients continue to rise.

Yesterday one Ebola patient reportedly  died, with two others seriously ill, and both the sick and body are still in the community.

The dead and those who are still sick reportedly came in contact with a man who died from Ebola after he contracted the disease from a relative in Monrovia.

Community leaders across Ganta are frightened by the suspected Ebola cases in the community, with little or no effort to relocate them.

“What the government is doing about those affected with Ebola still living in the community?” One of the community leaders asked.   

The Ebola death rate in Ganta is said to be rising gradually as those suspected of it continue to mix up with ordinary citizens in the community.

Ganta is a densely populated city, with citizens of diverse backgrounds.

The Ganta Ebola Response Task Force,  headed by Mayor Dorr Cooper, is doing everything to cater for the needs of those quarantined, but is stranded due to limited resources and logistics.

“Right now, we don’t have a car to transport dead body to the cemetery for burial nor do we have burial site for them.  The  cemetery is located at the center of Ganta and it is almost congested,” said City Mayor Dorr Cooper.

The Ministry of Health is still slowly responding to welfare of those suspected of Ebola.

The fear of Ebola, on a daily basis, continues to rock Nimba’s commercial city,  leaving business activities at a slow pace.

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