Via The Analyst: Bong Ebola Cases Triple - Health Workers Strike Enters Second Day. Excerpt:
The Bong County Health Team has reported 73 new cases of Ebola for the period of one week. According to the administrator of the County Health Team Fartormah Jusu, out of the number, nine were confirmed and forty- nine suspected and probable.
Mr. Jusu also announced that the Bong County Ebola task force received seventy specimen results of which 32 were positive and 36 negative, while two are in-determinant. He also disclosed that a cumulative number of 972 contacts listed were recorded. He said out of the number 155 persons completed the 21-day quarantine. He named Gbarpolu County as the latest epic center of the virus.
The disclosure was made Monday during a regular weekly briefing by the County Health Team. The latest increase in the number of suspected Ebola cases in Bong County comes amid an ongoing back off by Health Workers around the country.
In a related development The Chief Medical officer of the Phebe Hospital says the ongoing go-slow action of health workers is a major setback to the hospital. The National Liberian Health Association on October 13, 2014 began an indefinite go-slow action to claim government’s attention to their plights.
The nurses are among other things calling for the re-instatement of the Association’s President and secretary general, the implementation of the Senator Armah Jallah committee report and risk benefits.
But in an interview with the Analyst Dr. Jefferson Sabley said the action by the nurses is not timely considering the constraints the health sector is facing as the result of the Ebola outbreak. The Phebe Hospital chief medical officer believes Liberia has come a long way in the fight against the epidemic and current strike by nurses could undermine the fight against the virus.
Dr. Sabley wants the Nurses return to work and continued to engage the government in meeting their demands. Dr. Sabley said there are over fifty patients who are currently but some were leaving because of the Nurses strike. The Phebe Hospital chief medical officer, however said payment of risk benefit for nurses and other employees who work for the month of September is ongoing at the hospital.
Dr. Sabley explained that the money was provided by Act Alliance, a Non Governmental Organization through the Lutheran Church in Liberia during the dedication of the isolation center at the hospital in late September this year.