Bomi county Health Officer, Dr. Gabriel Logan, has applauded the US Government for sending troops to help Liberia in combating the deadly Ebola virus. America has committed over 3,000 troops to Liberia in containing the virus.
Speaking Tuesday 11 November at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Dr. Logan said a newly constructed Ebola Treatment Unit in the county by the US troops will help health care workers to actively respond to patients faster.
Liberia’s Vice President, Joseph N. Boakai, on Monday dedicated the newly constructed ETU in Bomi County. The county health officer noted that in September, the death rate in the entire country was high which left nurses and doctors to abandon their profession and seek safety.
Meanwhile, Dr. Logan also indicated that Lamivudine, an Anti- Ebola drug has been very effective on patients with the virus in the county. He said the drug is not yet approved by experts as cure for people with Ebola, adding that it was first tested on a single patient, which helped the patient to recover, and put the total number of survivors in the county as a result of using Lamivudine at 16.
Dr. Logan said scientists around the world are still in search of a cure for the Ebola virus, saying, “You cannot sit and watch your people die in tears without doing anything to help.” He observed that some people are still in the continuous process of carrying on traditional practices, which are leading to new cases in the country.