Acting Margibi County Health Officer, Dr. Adolphus Yeiah
Official: “Efforts Underway to Reopen Kakata Hospital”
By Richard D. Baysah, Margibi County Correspondent
KAKATA, August 16 (LINA) - Acting Margibi County Health Officer, Dr. Adolphus Yeiah, says frantic efforts are underway to reopen the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata following its closure two weeks ago.
Dr. Yeiah said he is currently working along with authorities of the Ministry of Health and the Margibi County Administration to have the hospital resume service to the public.
He told the Liberia News Agency in Kakata Friday, following series of consultative meetings, that to start the process leading to the reopening of the hospital, the administration has begun training contact tracers and other essential medical staff, including laboratory technicians.
Dr. Yeiah said the high rate of death from Ebola in the county demoralized most health workers, but expressed optimism that the county’s health care delivery system would become fully functional again.
He disclosed that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health will also conduct training for health workers in the county on the proper use of personal protective equipment and other protective gears.
The medical doctor said the hospital’s exposure to unwarranted intrusion and unrestricted access was largely responsible for the rapid spread of the disease, which claimed the lives of a number of health workers in the county.
He said as part of the immediate plans, the entire hospital facilities will be fumigated by environmental health technicians from the county health team and the Ministry of Health.
He said plans were also underway to have the entire perimeters of the hospital fenced with support from partners and county authorities before it can open fully to the public.
Meanwhile, Dr. Yeiah has attributed the rapid spread of the deadly Ebola disease in Margibi County to the high rate of denial and disbelief of the existence of the disease among residents.
Dr. Yeiah said the Margibi County Health Team and the county administration have been working with grassroots people and other stakeholders to create the requisite awareness to no avail.
He said the high rate of denial, misconception and rejection of health workers in the county have largely contributed to the rapid and extensive spread of the Ebola virus in Margibi County.