A student of the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) has died of the Ebola at the Charles Henry Rennie Memorial Hospital in Kakata City, the provincial capital of Margibi County.
Margibi County Health Officer Dr. Hawa Kromah confirmed the death of student Michael Tengbeh of KRTTI Thursday afternoon in an interview with the Liberia News Agency via mobile phone.
Dr. Kromah said student Tengbeh contracted the virus in Mendicorma, Foya District after attending the burial of a family member, who is reported to have died of the Ebola virus after picking it up from neighboring Sierra Leone.
The health officer said when Tengbeh was admitted at the C.H. Rennie Hospital, he showed signs of the Ebola virus and was immediately placed in isolation.
Despite being advised by health workers to stay in the isolation room at the C.H. Rennie Memorial Hospital, Tengbeh, who said he was well, left the hospital the next day and went back on the KRTTI campus.
She said upon arrival on the KRTTI campus, Tengbeh began vomiting and defecating and was again rushed to the hospital where he died Thursday afternoon.
The remains of student Tengbeh have been buried by the C.H. Rennie Hospital.
Meanwhile, all health workers on call at the time of the treatment of student Tengbeh have been asked to stay off the job for 21 days for observation.
They have also been told to monitor their vital signs and report immediately to the hospital if they show any symptom of the Ebola disease.
At the same time, the Superintendent of Margibi County, John Z. Buway, is calling on residents of Margibi County not to panic as his office was working with the county health team to contain the situation.
Superintendent Buway, who expressed regret at the death of student Tengbeh, has also cautioned residents of the county to help health workers by reporting cases that have the symptoms of the Ebola virus to the nearest health center.
He called on health-related NGOs to help the county health team with the needed support to combat the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Margibi County.