At least 11 persons earlier tested positive of the Ebola virus in Bomi County have been treated discharged from the treatment unit in the county.
The deadly outbreak, which hit Liberia from neighboring country Guinea has posed serious threat to the entire West Africa, especially in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the three highly affected countries.
Speaking over the weekend in Tubmanburg, Bomi County at the Reunification and Certification program for the 11 survivors, County Health Officer, Dr. G. Gorbee Logan, said at the initial stage of the outbreak, Bomi was not a response county. He said the county fell into the response category after an affected person relocated from Lofa to Tubmanburg early this year, carrying the virus.
The 11survivors – nine females and two males include Promises Galakemene from Senjeh district; Kula Coleman of Dewoin district; Patience Kamara of Senjeh district; Susan K. Kamara of Senjeh district; Bendu Kamara of Senjeh district, and Fatee Sheriff of Senjeh.
Others include Elizabeth Kundo of Senjeh district; Jowel Khovoy of Joseph town; Tenanie Golafaley of Suehn Mecca district; Charles Robert of Suehn Mecca district, and Jenneh Karnley of Senjeh district.
Dr. Logan noted that those, who survived the virus, reported themselves immediately to the Ebola treatment unit, which enabled them to have received timely treatment. He called on those citizens who are still living with doubt about the existence of Ebola to desist as such altitude is causing more problems for health workers in the county.
Dr. Logan said the fact that 11 residents earlier suspected of having the virus and tested posited were treated and eventually discharged without a single death implies that citizens should not take the virus for joke, but rather report any case, or individual immediately, who is suspected of symptoms to reduce the spread of the virus in the county.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Alex Tyler, has called on the survivors to join the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, stressing, “For the fact that you have survived this disease, means you still have a major role to play by educating ordinary Liberians, who are still in doubt.”
Speaker Tyler frowned at those citizens in the habit of having a secret burial, and hiding sick Ebola patients, warning that the idea or practice of hiding sick patients only put the entire family at risk because if a single person dies, it puts the rest of the other family members, including the country at risk.
He then challenged family members of the survivors not to despise them, noting that “It is sickness that got them to where they are; I don’t want anybody to mock at these people; you all should be happy that they survived this dangerous virus at this time.”
At the same time, the county heath team and the national Ebola task force have donated 11 mattresses, 11 buckets, and 11 bags of rice to the survivors to enable them to restart their lives upon returning to their respective homes.