Data available to The NewDawn indicates that Ebola infection rate among Liberians is on the decrease. As of 20 October the country currently has 410 cases nationwide.
Montserrado, Liberia’s most populated County, has 388 infected persons currently in ETUs, followed by Grand Bassa County, nine (9) and Nimba, eight (8).
Lofa County, which was the first county to experience the deadly Ebola outbreak here, has five persons (5) currently its ETU with the balance 11 counties at zero balance, recording no cases.
According to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Monrovia, since 20 October Liberia has registered at least 58 new patients in ETUs across the Country with Montserrado taking the lead with 44 persons; Grand Bassa, four; and Nimba, one (1) while the remaining counties have no new admission.
As of the same 20 October 14 patients were discharged across the country with Nimba discharging six (6); Montserrado, seven (7), and Margibi one (1). Newly deaths across the country are 28, and 25 of them from Montserrado with Grand Bassa, Lofa, and Nimba reporting one death each.
Meanwhile, confirmed cases of Sierra Leoneans in Liberia are 13 followed by Guinea, four. Liberia currently has 22 new suspected cases; 27 new probable cases and one confirmed case.
Since 20 October there has been no new case and deaths amongst healthcare workers nationwide. At the same time some Counties that were highly hit by the deadly Ebola virus are now experiencing decrease, including Lofa, Bomi, Margibi, Nimba and Montserrado, respectively.
Until now, Montserrado had been one of the highly hit Ebola counties, but is now experiencing a drop in new cases. Dr. Jerry Brown of the ELWA Hospital has discharged scores of survivors, while the French charity Medicines Sans Frontieres or Doctors Without Borders and other Ebola centers in Montserrado are also sending home patients on a daily basis.
The World Health Organization technical advisor and Ebola coordinator in Margibi County said the country has recorded no new cases primarily as a result of high-level community awareness, which has enabled citizens to observe preventive tips prescribed by health authorities.