Ministry Of Health
Ebola Deaths Climb To 66 – Health Official
MONROVIA, July 3 (LINA) -Liberia’s Health Ministry Thursday disclosed that the total number of deaths from the Ebola virus in the country has risen to 66 as at July 2.
Addressing the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah said of the 66 deaths, Lofa County accounts for 35.
Lofa, which borders Guinea and Sierra Leone that are also fighting the Ebola menace, is where the first case of Ebola was reported in Liberia in May.
Montserrado County, which hosts the Liberian capital Monrovia, accounts for 29, while two deaths are recorded in Margibi County, situated about 35 kilometers from the capital Monrovia.
Mr. Nyesuah put the cumulative probable and suspected cases at 104 and total confirmed cases at 48.
He said the Ministry of Health in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners has been "aggressively responding to the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in human history.
According to Assistant Minister Nyenswah four units have been established in the country to isolate and quarantine Ebola patients for thorough observation and treatment.
He added that ambulances are constantly patrolling communities to pick up people with symptoms of the Ebola virus to be taken to isolation units at John F. Kennedy, Firestone and ELWA hospitals and other health posts in Lofa County.
Nyenswah said the Health Ministry will start the training of health workers on Friday, targeting 500 health facilities in Montserrado County on how to deal with Ebola infection control.
The Health Ministry official announced that as at 2 July, record shows that one doctor and eight other health workers have died of the Ebola virus.
He urged heads of targeted health facilities to cooperate with the training teams to help deal with the Ebola problem.
The first Ebola outbreak was reported in Liberia on May 29, 2014.