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50 survive Ebola virus

Health Ministry authorities here have reported that despite the dangerous spread of the Ebola Virus across the country, at least 50 persons have survived the virus.

The Assistant Minister for Prevention Services at the Health Ministry told a news conference over the weekend that the virus, which has destroyed many lives, including medical practitioners and healthcare workers, is gradually being contained with the usage of the American experimental drug Zmapp.

Tolbert Nyenswah said with additional facilities to host patients, coupled with more attention and regular supply of drugs, things are gradually getting under control.  “The ELWA Hospital, which shows that these 50 patients, who are now free from the Ebola Virus, went under surveillance and were quarantined for 21 days, tested and proven negative before they were released,” Nyesuah said.

The Assistant Minister said it was time to erase the public perception that government is losing the Ebola battle, saying, “We are able to control this virus with the help of our international partners; we can overcome this epidemic.”

He noted that those succumbing to the virus are people, who are in denial of the existence of Ebola in Liberia. At the same time, the Chief Administrator of the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital, Dr. Scott McDonald, said the hospital has issued new safety measures for patients.

Dr. McDonald said the measures included separating patients with different sicknesses from suspected Ebola patients, protecting the lives of health care workers and providing essential emergency care.

According to her, to achieve these goals, the hospital management team has adopted a systemic management protocol, which is inclusive without turning away any patient whether Ebola-related or not.

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