Via the Facebook page of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation: Ebola Update July 20, 2014.
• Ninety-six (96) patients have survived the disease and have been discharged For the 19th July 2014, a total of 14 samples were received by the Laboratory: Kailahun (3), Kenema (6), Western Area (4) and Bo (1). Five of these samples are positive from Kailahun (2) and Kenema (3), 8 are negative while 1 is pending Laboratory result.
• One of the previous samples that were in for re-sampling is now positive from Bo district
• The cumulative number of Laboratory confirmed cases are 405 and 133 confirmed deaths
• NB: The Ministry of Health and Sanitation wishes everyone to know that there has been no confirmed case of Ebola at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) and the Ola During Children’s Hospital (Cottage) in Freetown as circulated on the social media by some individuals. All public health facilities have areas referred to as observation units where suspected cases of Ebola are kept until their test results are out. These observation units are nowhere near the normal wards where other patients are kept while undergoing normal treatment and care.
The case referred to was kept in the Observation unit at PCMH while her blood sample was taken to the Kenema Lassa Laboratory for the Ebola test. The test result came out negative and that patient was longer considered suspected Ebola case. The information on the social media purporting a positive Ebola case that escaped from an observation unit at the Cottage Hospital in Freetown is therefore false and unfounded.