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Dr. Melvin Korkor, the first Liberian doctor from the Phebe Hospital in the Central Liberian town of Gbarnga, Bong County to have been tested positive of the deadly Ebola virus has survived. Dr. Korkor was confirmed positive about two weeks ago and transferred to Monrovia along with four nurses three of whom died in days upon arrival in Monrovia.

The news of his survival came just at the time the death of one of the country’s most senior doctors, Samuel Brisbane was being announced. Dr. Brisbane a former Chief Medical officer of the American run Firestone Rubber Plantation Hospital died in weeks after being tested positive of the Ebola virus, which he contracted at the State run John F. Kennedy Medical Center.

He is the first Liberian Doctor to have died from the virus following the death of the Ugandan Doctor at the latter part of June. Most of the death in the medical field had been nurses and other health workers. Ebola kills 90% of its victims.

Dr. Korkor has now been re-united with his family in Bong County. Dr. Korkor, following his transferred to Monrovia for observation was later taken to Lofa County where he was treated. Several tests conducted on him have proven negative. Several doctors and nurses at the Phebe Hospital and students of the Cuttington University have been jubilating for the return of Dr. Korkor who also lectures at the University.

The virus has killed about five nurses at the Phebe Hospital. The nurses died in Monrovia were they have been under observation for about two weeks. Since the death of the nurses, health workers in Bong County have abandoned their duties asking for more government support. They have been calling for the provisions of safety gears amongst others.  Several persons in Foya, Lofa County are said to have survived from the deadly Ebola Virus.

According to the Administrator of the Foya Hospital, about fifteen persons have survived from the virus at the hospital, while others are said to be responding to treatment. Mr. Francis Fania stated that nurses at the hospital are using their training to assist Ebola victims. He added that while it is true there is no clear treatment of the deadly Ebola virus, there are other treatments and care that can be given to people who are just developing the virus and can survive.

The Foya Hospital Administrator told our Bong County correspondent that care for Ebola patients need to be taken seriously if the fight against the virus must be won. He said if health workers don’t give attention to suspected Ebola patients, it makes their survival slim.

Mr. Fania has commended other national and international organizations for the level of support and training staff of the hospital are receiving since the virus was confirmed in Liberia. He was speaking to our Bong County correspondent recently when he held a meeting with health workers in the county, explaining about the deadly Ebola Virus.

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