The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed two new cases of Ebola with 91 contacts being quarantined as a result of the 30-year old lady, who died last Thursday of Ebola virus disease on March 31, while en-route to the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town.
Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah made the disclosure yesterday at the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and tourism (MICAT) regular press briefings.
He said the two confirmed cases included the deceased woman and a 5-year old boy, who is currently undergoing and responding to treatment at the ELWA II Ebola Treatment Unit.
According to him, the 30-year old woman who was confirmed positive of the Ebola virus came from Guinea on March 21 and fell sick and was treated at Ma Watta Kamara Clinic in Jacob Town.
Her condition he explained, worsen beyond the clinic’s control and they referred her to the Redemption Hospital and while en-route to the hospital, she died.
“The health care workers did extremely well because they immediately put on their Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) and carried out the dead body swabbing test on the body and the result shows that the woman died of the virus,” Nyenswah said.
Deputy Minister Nyenswah expressed his hope that the 5-year old boy will survive because he is being treated with the zip map drugs.
He disclosed that as efforts to eradicate the spread of the virus intensify, the Incident Management Team have quarantined at least 91 contacts, but said those quarantined are not yet “symptomatic of the virus,” but said it is possible that the contact would increase because there are still investigations ongoing by the contact tracing team.
Nyeswah then cautioned Liberians not to panic about the current situation in the country, noting that the Ministry will handle all issues with urgency.
He however appealed to Liberians to keep on the preventive measures of frequent hands washing and also report all cases of dead body to the health authorities swabbing test.
In a related development, the current head of the Incidence Management System (IMS), Yatta Wapoe, confirmed that they have quarantined 91 contacts and are carrying on normal checkups including temperature taking.
Meanwhile, the 30 year old deceased’s three children who crossed along with her to Liberia from Guinea are being held ELWA II Ebola treatment unit
13 healthcare workers, who worked at the MaWatta Kamara Clinic where the 30-year-old late woman initially sought medical treatment before her death are now being observed and monitored by health workers.
They are now kept at a “safe” place far from their families and friends so that they don’t contaminate others just in case.