LIBERIA: Grand Gedeh Health Officer Hints At Mother, Child Suspected COVID-19 Case

Dr. Mosoka Fallah , Head of NPHIL

ZWEDRU,  – Grand Gedeh County Health Officer (CHO), Dr. Augustine Fannieh, has said that the Martha Tubman Hospital in Zwedru received a 22-year-old woman and her four-year-old son who are suspected of being infected with COVID-19.

Making the disclosure in an exclusive interview with the Liberia News Agency on Saturday, Dr. Fannieh explained that the lady came through one of the illegal border points from neighboring Ivory Coast to Gbloleken, a town in Grand Gedeh County.

According to him, the lady reported at the Gbloleken Clinic on Thursday, March 26, with signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

The clinic, after diagnosing the patient, alerted him and he immediately ordered her transfer to the Martha Tubman Hospital Isolation Room.

The lady, who resisted the doctor’s order earlier, was later persuaded and brought to the Martha Tubman Hospital on Friday, March 27, along with her son and they were placed in the Isolation Room.

Dr. Fannieh, after diagnosing the lady, said he called the Ministry of Health in Monrovia for further action, following which a team of medical staff was dispatched to do sample collection of the patients on Saturday.

The medical team, which came on a chartered flight to the county, collected the specimen of the mother and child and took same to Monrovia for further testing, Dr. Fannieh revealed.

The patients are currently in the Isolation Room at the Martha Tubman Hospital under intensive care by the hospital.

Dr. Fannieh has ordered the Gbloleken Clinic temporarily closed, while 11 staff of the facility are quarantined at the Martha Tubman Hospital in Zwedru.

The CHO has called on all citizens in the county to remain committed to observing the precautionary measures as announced by the Ministry of Health.

He also called on everyone to do away with fear and panic.

In a related development, the CHO, who is Chairman of the Incident Management System (IMS), recently announced that three health workers will be assigned at all borders and ground crossing points to the county with Thermoflast to test everyone coming into the county.

He has requested the county authority to provide accommodation for the deployed staff.

Grand Gedeh County has four authorized border points and over 10 illegal ground crossings with the Ivory Coast.

However, many take advantage of the porous border to travel in and out of the county without going through formalities.


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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.