Bong County Flag
Bong Health Officer Outlines Constraints In Ebola Fight
By: Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, August 30 (LINA) – Bong County Health Officer, Dr. Samson K. Arzoaquoi, says persistent refusal by citizens for the establishment of a holding center at the county’s sports stadium is hindering the fight against the Ebola disease.
He said because of the standoff, there has been delay in the removal and subsequent isolation of suspected Ebola persons and those that may have had contacts with confirmed Ebola cases.
According to the Liberia News Agency, despite clarification by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai during a stopover visit in the county that authorities have the right to use any public building to address the Ebola situation, a meeting Thursday with residents ended in deadlock as authorities tried to educate them on the need to isolate and observe suspected cases in a holding center.
“We continue to have very stiff and uncompromising reaction, resistance from the community and because of the uncooperative attitude of most community residents. Bong County remains the only county where we have not been able to establish a holding center,” Dr. Arzoaquoi told LINA Saturday.
The Bong County Health Officer also cited the inadequacy of protective materials, burial bags and fuel as other constraints the County Health Team and Task Force are faced with.
He described as ridiculous in public health and totally unacceptable, threats and insults meted out at health workers while trying to identify a public facility for use as a holding center.
According to him, success is far from being attained and disruption of the level of transmission will continue to rise once these cases remain in homes and the communities.
He alarmed that nine of 13 specimens recently sent to Monrovia proved positive, constituting 85 percent of all of those who continue to remain in homes and communities, a situation he lamented.