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Mayor Appeals For ETU In Ganta
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, September 25 (LINA) - The Mayor of Ganta City in Nimba County has called on government to establish an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in the city to ensure rapid and adequate response to the growing number of Ebola cases.
Mayor Dorr Cooper said residents of Ganta City are living in fear amidst the alarming rate and spread of the deadly virus, and as such the government needs to expedite the construction of an ETU that will provide early treatment for affected people.
He made the statement at the Ministry of Information daily Ebola news conference held in the conference hall of the ministry on Tuesday.
The Mayor said the lack of an ETU in Nimba County poses a serious health risk to the people, noting that cases of Ebola are often referred to Monrovia which sometimes results in the death of some patients while being transfer.
According to Dorr, fear of contracting the Ebola disease has led to concerns among commuters who once traded in the city, thereby leading to a decline in commercial activities.
He disclosed that up to present a total of 60 probable, suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola have been recorded in Ganta, many of which have been transferred to Monrovia for treatment.
Dorr noted that more needs to be done to encourage members of the health team working in the county as they remain the only hope to the county’s Ebola struggle.
He said if government responds early to the plight of the people there will be absolute hope that the chain of the deadly disease will be broken as the county’s health team is currently doing all it can to manage the limited resources now at their disposal.
The Mayor has, meanwhile, called on citizens of the county to stand strong and unite in the fight against the spread of the virus.