Gov’t Discharges 4 Ebola Survivors

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Government yesterday discharged four Ebola patients from the ELWA II Ebola Treatment Unit supported by the French charity, Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF) amid cheers from onlookers and families of the survivors.
Those discharged were among victims of the recent outbreak in Margibi County, which was a result of the death of a 17 year old boy from the virus, health reports said.
The survivors were discharged by the authorities of the Ministry of Health. Their ages range from 9 to 24 years. They included 3 males and one female.
At the ceremony, Deputy Health Minister, Tolbert Nyenswah, reassured the public that there was no need to panic as the country is now well prepared with the requisite medical capacity to tackle the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).
According to him, the immediate and effective response of the health team to this latest outbreak of the virus is a clear indication that the country has the capacity to put any outbreak under control and help those victims move on with life after they have recuperated.
“When we speak of capacity, I mean we have a good health team that can rapidly provide treatment and save lives as demonstrated by the five persons who were being declared free of the virus,” said Nyenswah.
At present, there are no confirmed cases in the country, which Nyenswah believes is a clear indication that the country now has a good capacity to deal with the deadly virus.
Meanwhile Minister Nyenswah urged the survivors to continue the preventive measures to ensure that they keep safe since more than 100 other persons are still under observation, a sign that the Ebola fight is not yet over.
Dr. Moses Massaquoi of ELWA II, said the survivors were taken to the ETU and were confirmed positive of the virus, but because of the quick intervention by medical teams, they were treated and discharged.
The survivors admitted contracting the virus after they ate a stray dog, but medical investigations disproved their version of the contact.
They vowed never to eat dog meat any more for the rest of their lives, adding, “From today if we see a dog passing, we will avoid coming in contact with the animal.”
Meanwhile, Ebola has killed more than 4,800 people in Liberia before the country was declared Ebola transmission-free on May 9.
Samples taken from the 17-year-old boy show the virus is genetically similar to viruses that infected many people in the same area more than six months ago, the World Health Organization has said.

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