Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah
Seven Survive Ebola -- MOH Discloses
By: Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA August 21(LINA) - The Ministry of Health says it has released from a treatment unit seven persons who were previously confirmed positive of the Ebola virus.
It also said while there is still no known cure for the deadly Ebola disease, three Liberian doctors who were earlier treated with the unapproved drug ZMapp, are showing signs of improvement.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information weekly press conference in Monrovia Thursday, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, said a total of 12 persons were released from treatment units, seven of whom were earlier tested positive for Ebola while the remaining five were suspected cases.
Nyenswah, who attributed the survival of the seven individuals to ‘early treatment,’ said when suspected Ebola cases are brought to the attention of the health team and health workers on time there is a possibility that a survivor will emerge.
He has also disclosed that a doctor from the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia was among those who survived from the fatal disease.
The Minister said in an effort to speed up the fight against the Ebola disease, the Health Ministry has embarked on an active case finding campaign which, according to him, is necessary in breaking the chain of transmission of the deadly disease.
Meanwhile, Assistant Minister Nyenswah has named Bomi, Cape Mount and Rivercess counties as areas that are currently reporting low cases of Ebola, while Montserrado and Lofa counties are still registering increasing numbers of persons infected with the virus.
Sinoe has, however, joined the list of newly-infected counties with one confirmed case being reported by the Health Ministry so far.