26 March 2014

Liberia: 'No Ebola Patients At JFK'

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A child receives care at the JFK Hospital in Monrovia (file photo).

The management of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center says there is no Ebola or suspected Ebola cases at the hospital.

Authorities at the JFK clarified that at no time did authority in Ganta transfer suspected Ebola cases to the hospital as was reported by the local media.

JFK, in a release Wednesday, said it is disappointing that others will choose to report such critical national issue without checking with the hospital.

Management maintains that it various wards are one hundred percent free of Ebola patients and urged journalists to counter-check their stories before publication.

On the issue of transferring patients, the hospital said on a weekly basis, it receives scores of patients from other counties including Ganta, but indicated that recent transfers from Ganta did not in any way come with referral slip indicating Ebola.

JFK said every patient that is transferred from a health post comes with a referral slips from a medical practitioner and the slip will clearly state the patient cause of illness and all medications previously administered.

Meanwhile, the hospital says it held a Town Hall meeting with its employees to educate and brief them on the Ebola virus. During the meeting, the Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Abraham Borbor presented lectures on the signs and symptoms of the virus as well as preventive measures.

Dr. Borbor during his presentation cautioned the health workers to serve as ambassadors when it comes to hygienic practice, urging them to always be on the alert when they notice Ebola symptoms on any patient.

He told the gathering that: "As far as we are concerned, there is not a single case of Ebola at JFK; there are lots of rumors out there that patients were transferred from Ganta with symptoms of Ebola, that information is not correct."

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