LIBERIA: Two Ebola patients released from ETU

ap_997951002246The two Liberian children who got infected with the Ebola Virus Disease from their mother and were taken by health authorities for exclusive treatment at the ELWA MSF- Ebola unit have survived the deadly disease.According to the Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer of Liberia Dr. Francis Kateh, the five year-old and three year-old boys who contracted the disease from their 30 year-old mother who died from the disease at the Redemption hospital in the western Monrovia suburb of New Kru Town on March 29, were discharged from the ETU on Friday, April 29.

Their mother is said to have imported the disease from Guinea where she contracted it from her husband who also died of the disease.

Dr. Kateh said the two boys survived after being treated with the study Z-Mapp drug. He said all those who came in direct contact with the index case in the latest Ebola outbreak have all completed the 21 days observation period without any confirmed case.

He has meanwhile cautioned Liberians to continue to observe measures geared towards preventing further outbreak of the disease.

Dr. Kateh appealed to all residents to call in the health ministry anytime a relative dies so that the body can be tested to ensure that it is Ebola free before burial. This, he noted, will put Liberia on a safe path in the fight against Ebola in the country.

The early April Ebola outbreak came after the country has been declared Ebola-free three times.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.