Gbarpolu Records First Ebola Death, As 28 Are Quarantined at Bo-Waterside in Cape Mt.

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The Gbarpolu County Ebola Taskforce has recorded its first confirmed Ebola-related death since the outbreak of the virus in that part of the country.

Supt. Allen Gbowe said in a document read last Thursday  by the Gbarpolu County Ebola Taskforce, which he chairs,

that the victim, a 16-year-old female from Kpayeaquelleh Town in Gbarpolu, died on October 10 at the Bomi Ebola Treatment Unit in Tubmanburg City.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Gbowee has disclosed that there are two other confirmed cases of persons afflicted by the Ebola virus disease (EVD), who were receiving treatment at the Jallah Lone Hospital in Bopolu City.  They were later transferred to the  Tubmanburg Hospital.

He further disclosed that a 14-year-old boy from Parker Town in Gbarma District, who contracted the virus few weeks ago, has fully recovered after undergoing treatment.

At the same time, at least 28 residents of Bo-Waterside in Tewor District, Grand Cape Mount County, have been quarantined for their alleged association with a suspected Ebola patient, who later died of the disease.

The Chairman of the Grand Cape Mount County Ebola Taskforce, Superintendent Imam Mohammed A. Paasewe, made the disclosure recently at a press conference in the commercial hub of Sinje.

Supt. Paasewe explained that quarantining of the 28 persons was in compliance with guidelines set by the County Health Team (CHT), and in line with Ebola prevention regulations introduced by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH/SW).

He, however, regretted that the CHT and the Ebola Taskforce are still quarantining people in their homes due to the lack of withholding centers in the county.

He then pointed out that in order to eradicate the virus from the county and society, suspected Ebola-related patients must be willing to be quarantined in their respective homes.

Meanwhile, Paasewe has called on Muslims and Christians in the county and other parts of Liberia to temporarily halt the traditional practices of bathing bodies before burial.

He urged citizens to report cases of death to the CHT for proper burial so as to avoid the further spread of the virus.

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