Via FrontPageAfrica: Ugandan Doctor Latest Ebola Casualty in Liberia, Toll Rising. Excerpt:
Monrovia - FrontPageAfrica has reliably learnt that a foreign doctor from Uganda serving in Liberia has become the latest victim of the deadly Ebola virus that is pillaging Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone of valuable lives.
Among the new deaths have been a man who was a surgical doctor assigned at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town. Health authorities confirming the doctor’s death referred to him as Dr. Sam and stated that he died at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Cholera Unit where he was being treated.
Health workers in Liberia are at risk for the deadly virus and many have expressed fear that they might come in direct contact with an Ebola patient without even realizing it. The Ugandan doctor is the fourth death among health workers. A physician assistant from the Tandapolie clinic in Caldwell was recently confirmed dead from the disease.
Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Assistant Minister for Curative Services at the ministry of health has called on health workers across the country to take universal precaution to protect them against the disease.
“We call it the barrier netting methods; that is, you must wear gloves during examination of a patient, even if they were not Ebola,” he told FrontPageAfrica. “What we call infection control in health facilities should be adhered to. So we are calling on health workers across the country, including private and public facilities; clinics and everywhere, to ensure at the highest standard and level to protect themselves.”
Following the reported death of eight persons including a health worker at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town in Monrovia, almost three weeks ago, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is reporting six (6) new cases as of June 30, 2014. The ministry states that out of the six are two suspected, one probable and three confirmed to have the deadly virus. The Assistant Minister for Curative Services states that there are ninety-six (96) cumulative (suspected, probable and confirmed).