The New Dawn (Monrovia)

5 August 2014

Liberia: 17 Survive From Ebola - MoH

17 persons have survived the deadly Ebola virus disease so far in the country, authorities at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare here have disclosed.

The 17, includes a doctor, Dr. Melvin Korkor who was tested positive weeks ago from the Christian run Phebe Hospital in the Central Liberian Town of Gbarnga, Bong County.

Assistant Minister for Preventive Services Tolbert Nyenswah told reporters on Monday during a joint news conference that though the virus has taken away the lives of doctors and nurses committed to saving the lives of others, current preventive measures instituted a few day ago were now helping to save many lives in various communities.

The news conference was held jointly after a local organization, Feed the Future, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Launched an appeal to identify with family members victimized by the deadly Ebola virus in the country.

Mr. Nyenswah told reporters on Monday that from May 29 to July 28 there were 352 suspected cases out which 95 were confirmed to have had Ebola. He said out of the 95 confirmed, 76 died of tropical disease during this period bringing the total death toll here to 170.

He, however, pointed out that the news of the survival of Dr. Melvin Korkor came just after one of the country's foremost doctors at John F. Kennedy Hospital, Dr. Samuel Brisbane, died of the Ebola virus. Feed the Future indicated that though the fight against Ebola was ongoing, it was also important to identify with the families of those who lost their lives, while saving others from the deadly disease.

The organization, through its Director, O. Naty Davies, said the idea of identifying with victims' families is to eradicate the fear about the Ebola virus, and to give them the courage about plans for the benefits of their lost relatives.

"We as an organization don't rely on national government to do everything for its citizens at this time. We want to give our support to the Health Ministry, especially at this moment when this virus is taking over our country," Mr. Davies said.

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