Malaria, HIV Prevalent in Sinoe, Rapid Spread Threatens to Mar 168th Independence Celebration

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The expected joyful celebration of the 168th independence anniversary in Greenville, Sinoe County might experience a ‘low turn-out for fear of a medical report that two of the world’s deadly diseases – Malaria and HIV – are topping five of the prevalent sicknesses in the county.

The other curable and incurable maladies are pneumonia, hernia and high blood pressure.

Dr. Joseph Gayflor, the medical director at the F.J. Grant Memorial Hospital, the county’s only hospital, said it is disturbing and alarming that the people in the county are not using the distributed free treated mosquito nets, but these nets are instead widely used for fishing or cut up into bathing scrubbers.

The medical doctor said the high level of malaria incidence in the county is disturbing, owing to the lack of diagnostic equipment and essential drugs to cure the sickness.

“Cases of malaria are on the rapid increase in the county and in order to continuously tackle it, this hospital should not be short of malaria and other essential medications,” Dr. Gayflor warned.

“Though we are trying our utmost to tackle this deadly disease, we need the support of government and partners to help us.”

Dr. Gayflor said HIV is also becoming serious in the county, but he could not mention specific areas or communities at risk.

“The growing cases of HIV is discouraging and becoming scary. We need help,” Dr. Gayflor warned.

The alarm among staff of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and guests on the prevailing sicknesses in the county is echoed by workers of a UN group.

One UN personnel jokingly told the Daily Observer, “I can only be moved if I could use two star condoms at once to do anything.”
Said another, “If HIV is not brought under control from here, it will then spread to Cestos, Barclayville, Zwedru, Harper and then the increased HIV rate could also hit Monrovia.”

A health worker, who works in the ART Section of the F. J. Grant Hospital, but begged for anonymity, said the “hot spot of the incurable HIV virus is at the Government Camp, Bukonjadeh Gold Camp, owing to the uncontrollable rush for gold which has attracted every tribe and nationality.”

The nurse said the virus is gradually emerging in Greenville and if people are not mindful it would soon be on par with malaria.

Though it is a matter of confidentiality, a janitor at the F.J. Grante told the Daily Observer on Saturday that if the hospital does not identify girls undergoing their treatment for the HIV virus, it would most likely spread faster.

The janitor said the girls are not only beautiful, they are fair in complexion and some of them “shine like the sun.”

With the revelation of the county’s health practitioner, it is inarguable to say that the Ministry of Health and its partners need to launch the “free-condom campaign” and sensitization against the HIV in its simpler message “ABC” – abstain, be faithful or use condom,” a health official said.

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