17 persons have survived the deadly Ebola virus disease so far in the country, authorities at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare here have disclosed.
The 17 include a doctor, Dr. Melvin Korkor who was tested positive weeks ago from the Christian run Phebe Hospital in the Central Liberian Town of Gbarnga, Bong County.
Assistant Minister for Preventive Services Tolbert Nyenswah told reporters on Monday during a joint news conference that though the virus has taken away the lives of doctors and nurses committed to saving the lives of others, current preventive measures instituted a few day ago were now helping to save many lives in various communities.
The news conference was held jointly after a local organization, Feed the Future, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Launched an appeal to identify with family members victimized by the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
Mr. Nyenswah told reporters on Monday that from May 29 to July 28 there were 352 suspected cases out which 95 were confirmed to have had Ebola. He said out of the 95 confirmed, 76 died of tropical disease during this period bringing the total death toll here to 170.
He, however, pointed out that the news of the survival of Dr. Melvin Korkor came just after one of the country’s foremost doctors at John F. Kennedy Hospital, Dr. Samuel Brisbane, died of the Ebola virus. Feed the Future indicated that though the fight against Ebola was ongoing, it was also important to identify with the families of those who lost their lives, while saving others from the deadly disease.