Via the Daily Observer: FOUR EBOLA CASES CONFIRMED IN BONG. Excerpt:
The County Health Officer for Bong County, Dr. Sampson Azoakoi has confirmed four cases of the Ebola virus at the Phebe Hospital.
Addressing journalists recently in Gbarnga, Dr. Azoakoi explained that a nurse working at the Phebe Hospital was confirmed of the virus while four other health workers were suspected of the disease.
The County Health Officer informed journalists that statistics has established a total of eight suspected cases, five probable total cases and four confirmed cases reported.
Dr. Azoakoi was swift to notify reporters that the confirmed and suspected cases have already been transferred to Monrovia at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare testing and treatment centers.
He lamented that the nurse whose name was not disclosed contracted the virus while catering to a patient suspected to have died from the Ebola disease at the Phebe Hospital early this month.
The County Health Officer named the lack of chlorine, training for health workers, myth and entrenched disbelief of many people about the existence of Ebola, church and church related organization failure to use the pulpit to preach anti Ebola messages, and limited funding to create more awareness on the disease as some major challenges confronting the county health team in combating the disease.
“Can you imagine we have only one ambulance in the county? So, if a confirmed case is being taken to Monrovia, we have to wait for the ambulance to return before taking any person whether suspected or not” Dr. Azoakoi emphasized.
Commenting on protective equipment for health workers in the county, the health officer said the Ministry of Health and partners have made available some defensive gears for health workers in the county, but was quick to state that equipment were not enough to cover everyone.
The Liberian Medical Practitioner told newsmen that the county health team in collaboration with its partners was doing everything possible to ensure that all health facilities will remain functional despite the reported cases of Ebola in the county.
At the same time, Dr. Azoakoi has called on nurses and health workers in the county not to turn down patients who are coming to the hospitals for treatment.
Meanwhile, Dr. Azoakoi has warned residents of Gbarnga against the doubting of the existence of the deadly Ebola virus.