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The New Dawn Liberia The New Dawn LiberiaThe Officer-in-charge of the Shankpala Clinic in Zota, Bong County has told reporters that they have not encountered any outbreak of the Ebola virus in Shankpala, neither have they suspected anyone of the virus symptoms since it was pronounced in the country.

The Bong County town of Shankpala is a distance not far from the Guinean provincial town of Nzerekoure’, where there have been concerns since the outbreak in neighboring Guinea.

Speaking to a team of reporters visiting the area last weekend, OIC Jeremiah Konan said they have increased the level of sensitization on the virus, which is also helping immensely to reduce the spread of Ebola in the border town.  According to him, the awareness being executed is an initiative of his team of health workers at the clinic.

He is, at the same time, calling on the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, through the Bong County Health Team, to include them on the payroll of the government, noting that incentives given them monthly are not enough to sustain their families.

Mr. Konan is appealing to the county leadership to assist with the reconditioning of the main road leading to Shankpala- something he said was causing serious hindrance to developments in the area. He Commended the County Health Team for the level of support it is rendering to the clinic under the leadership of Dr. Simpson Arzoaquoi, adding that he is a “blessing to Bong County.”

According to him, the County Health officer was always paying visitation to the clinic to ascertain situations there, especially those beyond the control of staff. Many of those who seek medication at the clinic daily are Guineans, from across the border.

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