Health Minister Honorable Walter T. Gwenigale
Ebola Awareness Conducted In Nimba County
By Wellington Patrick, LINA Nimba County Correspondent
SANNIQUELLIE, April 8 (LINA) -The Nimba Health System has conducted a one-day awareness symposium on the Ebola virus which has hit Liberian territory from neighboring Guinea.
Nimba County, in northeastern Liberia, shares border with Guinea.
Making a presentation at the symposium, the Medical Officer at the J.W. Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie, Dr. Lorene Cooper, urged health workers to remain critical on activities like blood transfusion, handling of medical utensils and contact with patients.
She further urged health practitioners to exercise high level of professionalism at all times to prevent the intrusion of deadly diseases like tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and Ebola viruses in the health facility.
The Director of Surveillance for the Ebola virus at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Albertus Sean, told reporters that the ministry has supplied seven Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to major health facilities in Nimba County.
According to him, four were given to the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, two to the J.W. Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie and one to the Gompa United Methodist Hospital in Ganta city.
He warned the public and school-going children to avoid close contact with their colleagues. The director also warned students to desist from sharing food, saying the Ebola virus is easily spread through saliva, sweat and blood transfusion.
The program was attended by stakeholders, students, youth, and civil society organizations of the County.