I missed this August 30 report when I appeared on FrontPageAfrica: Liberian PA, Congolese Doctor Discharged After Receiving ZMAPP. Excerpt:
Two health practitioners who were administered the experimental drug Z-Mapp have been cured of Ebola and released from the ELWA-2 Liberian-run Ebola treatment center in Monrovia.
A Congolese doctor, Dr. Senga Omeonga who contracted the deadly virus, from the St. Joseph Catholic hospital and a Liberian Physician Assistant who worked at the C. H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi County Kyndy Kobbah walked out of the ELWA-2 Isolation unit Saturday, heralding their remarkable recovery.
‘Early Treatment’ Key
Kobbah said she was in a critical state when she came in to the hospital and was administered the drug. But she admonished all Liberians to come in for early treatment whenever they fell signs and symptoms of the disease.
“Early treatment is one of the things; report yourself early to the center; that’s one of the key things in the recovery stage,” she said. “You have to report yourself early to the center if you start to experience any sign and symptom.”
She dispelled rumors that people who are infected with the disease are given substances to cause their early death and said while at the center some friends and family members were spreading rumors to her about what they thought was going on inside.
“Let me tell the Liberian people, they don’t spray anybody here with anything,” she said. “They don’t inject people; because people were calling me while I was in there, asking me plenty funny questions.”
Kobbah was brought in with eleven health workers from the C. H. Rennie hospital, but ten of them died and she is the only survivor.
The Congolese doctor, Dr. Omeonga who contracted the disease from the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital while attending to patients said he would continue to work in Liberia and not leave the country. His message to his family is that all is well. “I feel great, I thank God for coming back to life and I felt well. I have to finish my contract; I’ll continue to serve the country,” said Dr. Senga.
“Right now I’m in recovery time, so as soon as I finish my recovery time, I will have to go back to continue my work. I’ll just tell them to thank God, I thank them for all the prayers, and support and just to let them know; to be calm and I’m safe now of the disease, I’m cured.”
Though Dr. Omeonga could not say the effect of the experimental drug or if it added to his speedy recovery, he said it helped him. “I think I spent two and a half weeks there. (Symptoms) fever, weakness, diarrhea. I was quite stable before getting the drugs,” he said.
“I cannot say unless we have scientific proof that the ZMapp did what it did. I think it was a plus for me to get the medicine.”
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was excited to see the two survivors of the deadly disease adding that it is good news for Liberia.