As Liberians battle the Ebola virus, the epidemic continues to spread throughout the country with Grand Bassa County is the latest political subdivision to be hit.
The county superintendent, Madam Etweda Cooper, told a group of journalists over the weekend in Buchanan, Grand Bassa that her county is experiencing tough times with the virus.
Supt. Cooper has said since the outbreak in July to present, the county has recorded 27 deaths, 43 confirmed cases, 281 contacts and 16 patients with barely three survivals.
Speaking at her residence in Buchanan over the weekend, she said the rapid spread is unfortunate and totally embarrassing for the county, but added that local authorities, including the county health team are making every effort to ensure that the people of Bassa overcome the disease.
On challenges faced by the county in the Ebola fight, Supt. Cooper pointed out that Grand Bassa lacks standard ambulance, adding that there are two non-functional ambulances in the county.
“Currently, Arcelor Mittal helped us with one ambulance; our health people and standard of fighting the virus do not allow using it for Ebola,” she said. The Superintendent said she has received information that some ambulances are expected in the country soon and that Bassa looks forward to receiving one.
Explaining further about the Ebola crisis in the county, Madam Cooper said another factor that is bothering the Ebola combat is the lack of treatment in the country, adding that every suspected patient is transported to Monrovia for treatment, while individuals they are not sure of are being told to remain at their various homes for 21 days, the quarantine period.
Meanwhile, Supt. Cooper has closed the Compound #3 market in Bassa due to its proximity to Dolo Town, one of the highly affected areas in Margibi County. “Though, it’s hard a decision, but the lives of the people are more important than the market,” stressed.