One Suspected Ebola Case Admitted to Ganta Hospital

first_imgThe administration of Ganta United Methodist Hospital has disclosed that they have admitted a suspected Ebola case into one of the private wards of the hospital.The suspected Ebola patient— an infant— was transferred to Ganta Hospital from a nearby clinic in Flompa (a town few kilometers from Ganta to Saclapea).Mr. Patrick Martor disclosed that the administration of the Ganta Hospital has set aside a private room in the hospital to cater to anyone who may come with a suspected case of Ebola.Last week it was disclosed by the Acting Medical Director of Ganta Hospital that two suspected Ebola cases were transferred to JFK Hospital in Monrovia. After further observation of the patients it was announced that the cases were not Ebola.The outbreak of the Ebola virus in neighboring Guinea is said to be causing some concern in Ganta, which is on the border with Guinea.Presently, the border with Guinea is still open for business while patients suffering from other illnesses pour in daily from the Guinea, for treatments at the Ganta Hospital.On the Liberian side of the border, immigration officers are wearing preventive gear since they are the first to interact with those entering Liberia from Guinea.The Power House Clinic is one of the clinics where many Guineans visit for treatment. Due to the threat of Ebola the clinic had begun refusing patients who arrived with high temperatures and any that look like Ebola suspected cases.Jerry Klee, the officer-in-charge, said “Whenever we check your blood pressure and find out that it is high, we refer you to the hospital because we do not have anything here to diagnose Ebola.”However, the Ganta United Methodist Hospital has received a consignment of protective gear from the Ministry of Health through the County Health Team.Among the items delivered were IV fluid, gloves, masks, plastic gowns, caps among other things.As part of the prevention measures, the County Health Team located in Sanniquellie is preparing an area as a center for anyone who may come down with or is suspected of having the virus. During the regime of former Liberian President Charles G. Taylor there was an outbreak of bloody diarrhea known as “Samson”. This diarrhea took the lives of many in Nimba County.“What is the difference between Samson and this Ebola virus? Because Samson too was deadly,” said an elderly man in Ganta. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UNICEF Donates 15 Motorbikes to MYS

first_imgUNICEF, a leading partner of the National Youth Service Program, (NYSP) at the Ministry of Youth and Sports has donated 15 motorbikes to the program to enhance its operations at the county level.The motorbikes were turned over to the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) at the end of March, as part of its logistical support.The NYSP made significant contributions to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) through the deployment of about 300 volunteers who carried out Ebola preventive messages as well as participated in contact tracing in 12 counties.The UNICEF donation followed the recruitment in February of 11 Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) field officers to support the M&E unit of the NYSP as well as the MYS and its partners.The M&E officers are to ensure that all data related to child sensitive contact tracing collected in the field are collated and reported on time.  They are working alongside NYSP County Program Officers in Maryland, Sinoe, Nimba, Gbarpolu, Cape Mount, Grand Gedeh, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Lofa, Bomi, Bong and Montserrado Counties.  The 15 motorbikes are currently being issued to the M&E field officers to build their logistical capacities.  Meanwhile, several National Volunteers (NVs) who were recalled to form part of the NYSP Ebola Response Team are being transitioned to regular activities, including health, agriculture, youth center management, educational support, and peace building at community level. NVs with backgrounds in various disciplines have been assigned to public schools around the country to provide instructional support, while some are still involved with Ebola prevention awareness and contact tracing in some of the project counties. The NYSP’s core activities which include support to national development efforts through community service and peace building were temporarily suspended in August, 2014, following the imposition of the state of emergency and the closure of schools by the government due to the Ebola outbreak.During the peak of the Ebola crisis, the MYS and her partners, including UNICEF decided to reprogram the NYSP to allow national youth volunteers to contribute to the fight against the EVD through a door- to -door Ebola prevention awareness at the community level.This initiative has yielded maximum results through the total involvement of NYSP management, staff members and youth NVs. The National Youth Service Programme is an integrated peace building and development program which creates the platform for young Liberians who are college, technical school, and university graduates to be afforded the opportunity to contribute to nation building, while promoting peace and reconciliation in local communities.  Funded by the Peace Building Fund (PBF-L) and the Government of Liberia with support from UNICEF, the program falls under the reconciliation component of the Liberia Peace Building Program (LPP).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more