Deputy IMS Manager Dr. Francis Kateh
IMS Discovers Sixth Ebola Case In Montserrado
By Wilfred Gortor, LINA MONROVIA, July 14 (LINA) – Authorities of the Incident Management System (IMS) have disclosed that another Ebola victim in the ongoing Ebola outbreak has been discovered in densely populated Montserrado County, seat opf the Liberian capital.
Deputy IMS Manager Dr. Francis Kateh said the recent case, which was discovered on July 12 in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, is part of contacts previously generated from the index case which was discovered in Margibi County on June 29.
Making the disclosure at the Ministry of Information regular press conference held in Monrovia on Tuesday, Kateh disclosed that the victim, who is now deceased, concealed the information from the health team, describing this as something that contributed to his death.
According to Kateh, a total of 124 contacts have been generated, 16 of which are in Montserrado County and are currently undergoing precautionary observation to ensure that they are properly attended to.
This brings to six the total number of confirmed Ebola cases recorded since Liberia Ebola-free status was recently jeopardized by the emergence of a new case involving a 17-year-old victim in Margibi County, who has also died of the virus.
Kateh, who is also Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, has reassured Liberians that the situation will be put under control as the IMS has the capacity to fully prevent the situation from degenerating into a protracted health crisis.
He wants Liberians to continual their acts of vigilance by engaging in community awareness and regular health and sanitation activities which will keep the public on the alert against the Ebola menace.