The Ganta Ebola Treatment Unit on Saturday, 18 October discharged six patients, from its treatment unit.
This is the first time for patient to be discharged from the ETU since it began full operation nearly three weeks ago.
At the discharging ceremony, Dr. Paye Gbarmie, Chief Medical Doctor at the ETU, outlined many challenges including shortage of manpower, insufficient nutritional food, hot condition of the tent, built for patients, as well as limited vehicles for utility purposes.
Dr. Gbarmie said because of less manpower, the ETU runs two shifts instead of three, which could enable nurses to frequently visit patients.
He disclosed that the ETU has 26 staff when, according to him, it should have at least, 90 persons, so that patients can be frequently visited twice during every shift.
On the issue of nutrition, Dr. Gbarmie said, “The diet we provide is not of the quality we would love.” However, he did not say what kind of diet he would love to provide for the patients.
Due to the exponential rise in the infection rate in Ganta, UNICEF constructed a tent to serve as an extra ward for those confirmed Ebola positive. It appears the tent is not conducive to host patients.
Dr. Gbarmie said the tent is too hot in the day and cold at night so they were finding it difficult to keep patients in it.
The Ganta ETU is the only one in Nimba County, where at least 137 persons, including suspected, probable and confirmed cases, have died between March 22 and October 13.
Outlining challenges, Dr. Gbarmie appealed for additional unit to host pediatric patients separately from the adult, because, according to him whenever the children are showing sign of improvement, they began moving everywhere, leaving them to get in contact again with those who are sick.
“Even though, there has been little reduction in the cases in the county, that should not make us to sit down and fold our hands, because one confirms case of Ebola is an outbreak so we much continue to do what we suppose to do until the last case of Ebola is treated,” he said.
Emmanuel Siaway, one of six survivals praised the staff of the ETU for their “tireless effort” trying to save lives.
“We want the government and its partners to give more supports so as to enable the staff to do their work properly,” he said.
Each of the discharged patients received a package containing a set of pots, plates, spoons, cup, and bucket for washing hand, mattress and a mat.
Dr. Paye Gbarmie also told reporters that at least two patients have died since opening the unit