28 August 2014

Liberia: UNMIL - No Sign of Ebola Reduction, Cites Slow Liberia's Response

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An Ebola survivor rejoices upon being released from an isolation center.

Monrovia — The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia remains on the increase, the United Nations Mission in Liberia has stated in a daily security information report covering the period August 25 to 26. UNMIL in the report indicated that state authorities remain unable to respond in a significant manner and international response also remains limited.

"The epidemic shows no sign as yet of stabilization and reduction. State authorities remain unable to respond in a significant manner and the international response remains limited", stated the report. The UN Mission is predicting that cases of the deadly virus will rise in the coming days because Liberian authorities are not able to address the current situation.

Stated UNMIL: "It is evident that the Liberian authorities are not able to address the present state of the country. Consequently, it can be anticipated that many additional EVD cases will arise in the coming days". Highlighting the challenges facing the fight against Ebola UNMIL cited logical constraints, delays in responding to calls from communities.

The Mission noted "The Ebola response Team based in the Region 3 Lofa County has reported that because of logistical constraints and the overwhelmed Case Management Center there are long delays in their response time to calls from the community concerning the sighting of EVD suspected cases within Voinjama City. It is also reported that the town of Kolahun in Region 3, Lofa County has seen a rise in the spread of EVD with the Mayor and his son being the latest victims to contract the Disease".

Ebola kills Kolahun Mayor

FrontPageAfrica gathered that the City Mayor of Koba city (the political capital of Kolahun District in Lofa) who was recently reported to have been taken to the Foya Containment Center for showing signs and symptoms of the Ebola deadly Ebola Virus has now died of the Ebola Virus. The World Health Organization assigned doctor in Lofa County Dr. Clement Peters confirmed to journalists that the Mayor tested positive of Ebola prior to her death.

William Korvah, a local journalist informed FPA that Mayor Mary Ngaima is now the first high profiled government official in Lofa County to have tested positive for the Ebola Virus since the outbreak in the County in May 2014. This is the second time Mayor Ngaima was tested for the Virus. A Few days ago, she was taken to the Hospital and tested, but was pronounced negative.

After spending just three days at home, her condition deteriorated and was rushed back to the Hospital where she was yesterday afternoon pronounced positive and now fighting for her life. Mayor Ngaima according to relatives who themselves are now suspects, said she contracted the virus after she got actively involved in the coordination of removing dead bodies and suspected cases from the various communities when the outbreak was announced in her city. "She might have mistakenly gotten in contact with an Ebola person unknown to her" an Ebola task force worker said.

This news has left the entire city to a standstill as people now worry about their own safety after interacting with the Mayor on many occasions before and after she first got ill and was pronounced negative. Meanwhile, the commissioner of the district Morris Tamba is sending out an SOS call to all citizens of the district living abroad and Liberia and the Liberian Government to help provide vehicles to pack up dead bodies and transport sick patients to the Foya Care Center, as there's no health facilities functional currently in the district.

"Due to the closure of these health facilities, a pregnant woman in labor died few days ago due to the lack of midwife or vehicle to take her to the hospital in Foya," Commissioner Tamba told reporters. He said there was another woman whose labor started since a night ago and had not been attended to because the midwives are also complaining of the lack of protective materials to work.

Kolahun is the biggest district in Lofa County and the only district in Lofa still finding it difficult to contain the outbreak of the Ebola Virus as new cases of the disease are reported in the district almost daily within the past six days.

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