Fourteen Ebola survivors have been released from the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) Three at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia.
Ugandan doctor Attai Omorutu, who presented the survivors Monday on behalf of health authorities at the treatment unit, said the survival of all 14 patients sends a message that Ebola is not a death sentence and that it will be defeated soon.
Dr. Attai, who heads the WHO Case Management Team at the JFK, praised the level of work done by doctors at the facility and noted that “every doctor in the country is a hero and champion in the battle to defeat Ebola.”
She said early admittance into ETU plays a key role in survival from the deadly disease, stating, “When you come in soon you will walk out as a survivor.”
According to the WHO expert, the 14 patients upon arrival at the ETU all tested positive for the virus but after 21 days of symptomatic treatment they all later tested negative, something, she noted, can be replicated if patients seek early medication.
The Monday, September 15, ceremony brings to five the number of discharge ceremonies performed at the JFK ETU-Three since the second Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
Meanwhile, the manager of the treatment unit, Madam Patience C. Tokpah, who received the patients on behalf of health authorities, called on government to provide more support to health care workers in the country.
She said doctors remain hopeful that there will be more survivors as health workers are doing all they can to save the lives of their compatriots.
Until now the deadly Ebola Virus has no known cure, but symptomatic treatments have proved very effective and important as Liberia has witnessed many survivors walking out of ETU’s across the country.