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29 August 2014

Liberia: 'Ebola Survivors Increasing in Liberia' - ELWA Administrator

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Ebola survivors posed for a photo upon being released from a quarantined facility.

Monrovia — Dr. Rick Sacra acting administrator of the ELWA hospital says more people who were diagnosed positive of the Ebola Virus are surviving and returning home.

Sacra said: "We have a lot of patients going back home in the last three days, these are people who were positive and are now cured of the infection. People should not be confused about it why there is no specific medication if the person can be kept alive through IV fluid, ORS for two weeks most people own immune system can build resistance to the virus."

Dr. Sacra an American Missionary working with the ELWA hospital warned the public that the virus is not yet contained because according to him every time a center is opened for Ebola, within a few days it is occupied by patients.

Sacra in an interview with reporters, said the issue of capacity is a major challenge facing the Liberian government and expressed hope that the issue will be shortly addressed to give opportunity to people sick with Ebola to be treated. He made the comments Wednesday when he received assorted food and non- food items from a group under the banner "churches of Christ in Liberia" to be used by the isolation center at the ELWA hospital in Paynesville.

The ELWA acting administrator commended the group for the gesture and said; the gesture is what people in such situation need the most because according to him; "it gives them hope to know that people are concerned about them despite their situation."

Presenting the items on behalf of the churches of Christ Liberia, Rev. James Saygar Executive Director of the group relief committee, said the donation was part of his organization way of joining the Liberian government in fighting the deadly Ebola virus. He said, the items which include, Soap, Mattresses, Rice, Juices and other food and non-food items are to be given to patients in the ELWA Hospital isolation center.

Saygar said: "As churches of Christ members in Liberia, we donate these items to you Dr. Sacra on behalf of the Ebola patients to be used in your quarantine center, we are impressed with you and beyond our prayers we want to physically identify with you and it is our prayer that as you use these items God will use his power to save all of these people in your Isolation center."

The ELWA hospital is one of those health centers highly hit by the Ebola outbreak in Liberia which led to its subsequent shutdown. The Hospital is now recovering since almost a month of closure and according to authorities at the hospital. The hospital is only catering to pregnant women for now and promised that in the weeks to come other areas will be made open to the public. According to Authorities at the Hospital since resuming it has delivered close to 35 newborn babies and currently has more to be born.

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