LIBERIA: Another KRTTI Student Falls To Ebola As Liberian Leader Calls For Robust National Response To End The Virus

KAKATA, July 22 (LINA) -Another student of the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) in Kakata, Margibi County has reportedly died of the Ebola disease.

The death of Charles McGill, which occurred at the Soul Clinic Community in Paynesville outside Monrovia on Tuesday, July 15, brings to two the number of students who have fallen victim to the deadly disease at KRTTI in less than a month.

The first was student Michael Tengbeh, who died on June 24.

The County Health Officer of Margibi County, Dr. Hawa Moore-Kromah, told the Liberia News Agency Tuesday that the late McGill was immediately buried by his family members the following day without the knowledge or involvement of the Montserrado County Health Team.

Dr. Kromah said the Montserrado County Health Team has been alerted and is making efforts to trace all contacts made by the late McGill against the backdrop that the victim was a dormitory mate of the late Tengbeh, whom he “closely helped while he was very sick.”

She said that it is routine for medical practitioners to ensure that those who came into contact with the late McGill prior to his death are tested to ascertain whether or not they are infected and then kept under observation.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kromah has confirmed the return to work of 10 nurses at the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata following a 21-day observation period.

The 10 nurses were on duty the day Tengbeh was taken to the hospital for treatment where tests proved he was Ebola positive.

She, however, dismissed reports that these health workers were quarantined following their encounter with student Tengbeh at the time.

She said fortunately all 10 health workers reported to work after tests proved they were negative.

In a related development, Liberian leader, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called for robust national response to end the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) menace that has plagued the country since March this year.

She said Liberians need to help eradicate the virus; otherwise the disease will prevent the country from achieving its full potential.

President Sirleaf told her compatriots that “Ebola is real” and urged them to “Go out and carry the message wherever you are, at home, workplace and school about the dangers of Ebola and ways to prevent it.”

According to an presidential press release, the Liberian leader spoke Tuesday at the Ministry of Health during a visit to obtain first hand update on the deadly disease.

President Sirleaf also called on security personnel in various communities to compel sick people to seek medical attention as a way of combating the Ebola virus.

The Liberian leader said no family members are allowed to bury dead relatives without the knowledge of health authorities anywhere in the country.

She said government has provided US$500,000 to fight the deadly Ebola virus.

Also making remarks at the Ministry of Health program was the head of UNMIL, Karin Landgren, who said her organization is collaborating with the government and partners to address the Ebola disease in Liberia.

She said the UNMIL medical team works with the Ministry of Health at Ebola isolation clinics.

Madam Landgren said UNMIL is also supporting efforts by partners, including the World Health Organization and Medicins Sans Frontiers, in managing the caseload.

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