Survivor Wants Care For Ebola Patients, Urges More Support for Health Workers

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Ms. Kyndy Kobbah, a survivor of the deadly Ebola virus from the Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County, is calling on the government of Liberia, local and international partners to provide more care for patients affected by the disease and undergoing treatment at the various centers.

Speaking yesterday at the Information Ministry Ebola Hour regular press briefing, Kyndy Kobbah, who is a Physician Assistant (PA), said  many of the patients who appeared for treatment are not given proper care and attention by health workers, including nurses and doctors at the unit.

She explained that many of the patients who died at the Ebola management unit died due to lack of care, not receiving drugs on time, food and other necessary support needed from health practitioners who are expected to save lives.   Ebola patients can survive, provided proper care is given to them by health workers and other family members.  

According to her, “Patients who show up for treatment and are confirmed positive of the deadly Ebola virus, especially those carried by ambulances, were sleeping on Tarpaulin and not receiving food on a regular basis. She said staff from the Rennie Hospital, we were laid down in front of the treatment center for more than an hour, calling on health workers to pay attention to us, but no avail. We had to start sending threatening remarks before they came to our aid.”

Madam Kobbah disclosed that, they were saving lives at the Rennie Hospital when one patient affected 14 of the staff of the deadly virus after many of them were fully attending to him.  These included some staff and security personnel.  Many of them died while  trying to fight for survival at the center in her presence.

According to her, “This man was not showing any signs and symptoms of the disease when diagnosed by staff of the hospital. He began using the staff bathroom and other facilities, which caused many of them to be affected. We have limited supplies of personal protective equipment and others.”

Madam Kobbah called on parents, health workers and the government to focus on the children who are admitted and found positive of the virus.  The should be cared for and at the same time given special attention in order to increase their chances of survival.  

“If these children are given special care and attention by the government and health practitioners, as well as family members, this would greatly reduce the death rate of many of them who are affected.”  

She also expressed gratitude  to some of the doctors and nurses from the center for their support in helping patients by providing care and attention at the critical time of need by people wanting to survive.

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