The New Dawn (Monrovia)

4 July 2014

Liberia: 10 Nurses Quarantined At C.H. Rennie Hospital

Kakata — The Margibi County Health Team in collaboration with the Administration of the Charles Rennie Hospital in Kakata has listed 10 nurses from the C. H. Rennie Hospital and several others to be closely observed for suspected symptoms of the Ebola Virus Disease in Margibi.

The decision came days after these people were noticed to have come in contact with a student of the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (Michael Tengbeh) who died recent from Ebola at the C.H. Rennie Hospital. Speaking to this paper at the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata on July 2, 2014, County Health Officer Dr. Hawa Kromah, said the nurses are currently out of work from the Hospital and are being observed for 21 days.

Dr. Kromah said there are other people who also came in contact with the late Michael Tengbeh prior to his death, including trainees from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) most especially his roommates and others from the community.

She further disclosed that while the victim was alive, he visited a health center in Kakata for treatment before he was subsequently admitted at the C.H. Rennie Hospital where he died eventually. She indicated that the administration of the KRTTI has been informed about the issue and the names and contacts of those fellow roommates (students) are already identified for close monitoring.

The Margibi County Health Officer said the students from KRTTI who are listed have all abandoned campus and they will only return for graduation, which is scheduled this month. For the rest of the people, she said they have been earmarked and are also needed for observation to make sure that they are not Ebola positive.

The Medical Director of the C.H. Rennie Hospital, Dr. Adolphus Yeiah, said the hospital has had series of meetings with the Margibi County Administration to contain the situation. Dr. Yeiah warned that Ebola as a disease is real and people should not overlook its existence, adding that many people believe that Ebola is not real. He said there is a need that everyone helps in containing the virus in Margibi County and Liberia at large in order to save lives.

The Medical Director said people should not be afraid to go to the hospital for treatment or to report suspicious sicknesses, dismissing rumor circulating in the county that whenever a patient goes to the C.H. Rennie Hospital for regular medication he or she can be detained falsely for suspected Ebola symptoms. He said this has made many people afraid to go to the hospital for treatment.

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