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Ebola strikes 7 – Health Minister

The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale has disclosed that the deadly Ebola virus has killed seven persons in the country so far. Minister Gwenigale told journalist at the Ministry of Information during its regular press briefing Thursday the first suspected case of the woman who left her family in Firestone to cater to her sick sister in Foya District, Lofa County was also reported dead Wednesday night.

He said 42 cases are being monitored by authority of the ministry, including the death of a hunter in Grand Gedeh County. He also noted that in order to stop the spread of the virus, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has proposed to the Legislature US$1.2m to fight the deadly Ebola virus, as well as help to facilitate the efforts of health workers deployed in every part of the country.

“People in the country are saying many negative things about this virus, claiming that we just want to eat the government money without the proper use of it,” said the minister, expressing serious disappointment over the unnecessary criticisms certain persons make without knowing the facts about the entire Ebola situation.

“If you can’t help the government with this problem, then don’t hurt it by saying things that will undermine the work of the government and create doubts in the minds of the people,” noted Dr. Gwenigale, emphasizing: “why would I want to bring disease in the country that will kill people; no one should think that because I want money so I will kill people by bringing disease that has no cure in the country.”

“This Ebola problem is not a political problem, but a national problem that needs to be given national attention and not to be politicized by giving unnecessary statements because it harms not just the people, but the entire country.”

He noted that in order to stop this virus from spreading in the leeward part of the country, citizens residing in the country must protect themselves by those measures already in place to avoid coming in contact with the virus,” he said.

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