The co-chair of the National Task Force on Ebola in Grand Cape Mount County, Dr. Julius Garbo, has declared Jenewonbe in Tewor District as the epicenter, with over 35 suspected cases in the area and its environs.
Speaking to newsmen this Wednesday at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare office in the Grand Cape Mount County, Dr. Garbo disclosed that there have been more alarming cases in the county, with over 105 suspected cases.
According to the co-chair, the abandonment of health facilities by health practitioners on the basis of demanding risk benefits was a serious problem in containing the deadly Ebola virus and saving lives.
“We need more logistics,financial support and available health workers in fighting the virus, as well as therecruitment of additional workers to work in the new ETU and holding center. We have only one functional ambulance in the county with many nonfunctional health facilities, including the St. Timothy Government Hospital,” he lamented.
Dr. Garbo disclosed that burial and sensitization teams, along with the medical team have been set up and are working in various communities to provide awareness on Ebola to ensure that the virus is contained.
He cited as some of the challenges facing the task force the continued closure ofLofa Bridge Clinic, M’balomaClinic, SinjeHealth Center and the St. Timothy Government Hospital in Robertsport.
Dr. Garbo said he was working closely with officers in charge (OICs) of these health facilities to encourage health workerstoward the reopening of these closed health facilities in the county. We are striving to encourage the health workersto return to work.
Dr. Garbo explained that there have been 15 deaths in September, includingconfirmed, suspected and probable cases, alongwith previous deaths in July and August.
“We have identifiedand deployed 32 screeners of 16 key crossing points and procured 16 thermo scanners and 32 sets of rain gears. We have also set up an investigation team to fight the virus. We have also trained over 200 people in contact tracing.”
He further explained that, in support of the fight against the deadly communicable disease in the county, they provided essential drugs, medical and sanitary supplies, including personal protective equipment to health facilities.
“We have also identified land for the Ebola treatment unit, andthe clearing is ongoing by the Sime Darby Company. Wehope that we can complete that soon and continue to be robust in the fight against this terrible disease.”