LIBERIA: Five Health Workers Fall Prey To Ebola In Bong County

Three nurses and an employee of the Blood Bank of Phebe Hospital Wednesday died of the deadly Ebola virus, while a Medical Doctor has been transferred to the treatment center at the JFK in Monrovia on suspicion of having contracted the virus.

The four deaths are part of confirmed cases of health workers transferred last Wednesday, July 16 to the treatment center at the JFK Medical Center in Monrovia.

The Bong County Health Team in a report also recorded the death of a lady in the Millionaire Quarter in Gbarnga City.

According to the report, yesterday’s deaths bring to five the number of deaths from Ebola in the county, while five suspected cases are being monitored by health officials at treatment centers in Monrovia.

The Bong County Health Team in the report expressed regret over the death of the nurses, noting that the situation has become very worrisome as the number of health workers falling prey to the disease continues to increase.

As in the case of the doctor who was fighting against the virus in neighboring Sierra Leone the Phebe doctor who came down with the virus on Wednesday, July 23 is one of those doctors assigned in the surgical ward of the hospital who was providing medical care to the four nurses prior to their transfer to Monrovia.

Meanwhile, Bong County Senior Senator Jewel Howard Taylor is calling for national and international attention in helping to address the increasing rate of Ebola deaths in the county.

Senator Taylor expressed regret over the death of the nurses, noting that unless urgent measures are taken to contain further spread of the virus, peaceful and innocent citizens will continue to fall prey to the disease.

She warned that while county authorities collaborate to attract the requisite assistance, citizens must stop doubting the existence of the virus and make maximum use of all preventive measures intended to prevent further spread of the virus.

According to a health ministry report, of the 222 probable and confirm cases in the country, 28 are health workers 10 of whom have died of the virus.

News of the killer disease filtered into the country in January from neighboring Guinea and surfaced in the country in March, and has since spread to seven citizens from Lofa, Bong, Nimba, Montserrado, Margibi and Bomi Counties.

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