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Hope in the Midst of Despair: Some Liberians are recovering from Ebola and returning home to their families

Most of the news about Ebola in Liberia and around the world is reporting of death, doom and gloom, but in the midst of high death counts and fears of the deadly Ebola virus, some Liberians are getting better and walking out of Ebola Centers negative, after once testing positive for the disease.

According the Ministry of Health almost 100 Liberians who sought treatment during the early stages of contracting the deadly Ebola virus have recovered from the disease in Monrovia and Lofa. These are Liberians who did not have access to the experimental Ebola Drug Zmapp.

Some of those who have beaten the disease include Dr. Melvin Korkor of Phebe Hospital in Gbarnga Bong County, 12 survivors from the ELWA Ebola isolation Center in Monrovia and a 12 year old Liberian boy whose blood was transfused into American Doctor, Kent Brantly before he was treated with the experimental Ebola drug Zmapp and flown out of Liberia.

Others include Dr. Zokonis Ireland who was recently released from the John F. Kennedy hospital isolation Center and Lawrence Tumbay all of whom have proven that Ebola does not necessarily have to mean a death sentence. Although the number of confirmed and unconfirmed cases continues to rise, so are the number of Liberians who once tested positive who are now testing negative and are walking out of Ebola treatment and isolation Centers free of Ebola.

To be able to increase one's chances of beating Ebola, you must seek treatment by reporting yourself or your sick relative to the nearest Ebola treatment and isolation center in Monrovia or Lofa as soon as you recognize symptoms of the disease or have been exposed to someone suffering from Ebola, but like the old adage says, “prevention is better than cure”.

To prevent Ebola, Liberians must follow the Ministry of Health prevention methods and warnings by washing their hands regularly with soap, clean water and chlorine, avoid direct contact with body fluids such as blood, saliva, vomits, urine, and other secretions from an infected person. This may occur during care of a sick person at home or at a health facility; If you must handle a patient with Ebola, you should wear protective materials such as gloves; Don't touch dead bodies or handle animals infected with Ebola virus such as chimpanzees, gorillas, forest antelopes, monkeys and bats; Bodies of people who have died of Ebola must be handled by special trained people and buried immediately; Report sick relative, friends and neighbors to the Ministry of Health and the Ebola Call Center by Calling 4455. Incase you accidentally handle a person suspected to be infected with Ebola, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.

Remember by following these simple rules you could save your life or the life of someone you love. Ebola is real and Ebola kills, don't be it's next victim and don’t spread the disease by moving from community to community. If you are sick with Ebola like symptoms report yourself to the nearest Ebola treatment and or Isolation center; Don't lie to healh care workers, be honest about where you have been and who you have been in contact with and you just may live to tell your Ebola survival story or save the life of someone you love.

Ghana to ban flights from 'Ebola countries'

Ghana could be forced to ban flights from Ebola affected countries once the spillover rate becomes threatening in West Africa.

Kenya has already banned flights from Sierra Leone and Liberia as a precautionary measure to prevent the haemorrhagic fever - that has killed 1,200 people - from entering their territory.

Ghana has announced preventive measures, which include the setting up of isolation centres, provision of protective gear for frontline health officials and the installation of a thermal thermometer at the Kotoko International Airport, to monitor the disease.

Ghana's deputy transport minister, Joyce Bawa Muntari, says the West African nation is considering plans to close its airspace to the affected countries once they become a threat to the gold producing country. Full story...

  • News Flash: South Africa on Thursday said non-citizens arriving from Ebola-affected areas of West Africa - the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - would not be allowed into the country.

Government Imposes Curfew and Quarantine to Contain the Spread of Ebola in Monrovia

The Government, supported by citizens group and partners, continue to work assiduously to combat the Ebola virus.  There has been some success - the several persons who have been freed from the disease - the structure and systems that have been put in place, the human and financial resources that we have mobilized and a stabilization in a few the Response Communities.  But we have been unable to control the spread due to continued denials, cultural burying practices, disregard for the advice of health workers and disrespect for the warnings by the Government.

As a result and due to the large population concentration the disease has spread widely in Monrovia and environs.

It has thus become necessary to impose additional sanctions to curb the spread overall and particularly in those areas of intensity.

Now therefore, the following measures are to be urgently enforced:

  •  The communities of West Point in Monrovia and Dolo Town in Margibi are quarantined under full security watch.  This means that there will be no movements in and out of those areas;
  • All entertainment centers are to be closed;
  • All video centers are to be closed at 6:00 p.m.;
  • Commencing Wednesday, August 20 there will be a curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Fellow citizens, these measures are meant to save lives and make the Government’s efforts to combat this disease made more effective and timely.  If we can all do our part, we can defeat this disease.  With your support and participation, we can return to our normal activities.

May God bless us all and save the State.

DR Congo Dispatches Five Medical Experts to Help Liberia's Ebola Fight

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has announced it will dispatch a five man professional medical team to Liberia on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 to help the fight against the deadly Ebola Disease. The five man team will include two medical doctor and three para-medical professionals.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the decision to send the medical team to aid Liberia in its Ebola fight was made by His Excellency President Joseph Kabila Kabange through the efforts of the Embassy of the DR Congo accredited near Monrovia. Full story...

Air Travel: Putting things into prospective

Currently, there are only 3 airlines flying into and out of Liberia with one of them Delta Airlines set to suspend flights as of August 30, 2014

To those who are considering leaving or coming into Liberia your only travel options are:

  • Delta Airlines to Accra Ghana and the USA until August 30, 2014 when Delta stops flying into Liberia.

  • Royal Air Moroc to Casablanca and beyond

  • SN Brussels Airways to Brussels and beyond.

The situation is that as of August 30th when Delta stops flying to Liberia your options for air travel will be limited to Brussels in Europe or Casablanca in North Africa. With Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea land borders closed and with Ivory Coast refusing us entry, there will be no way for Liberians to travel by air or road to any neighboring Country in West Africa including Ghana.

Ghana cholera outbreak at 'staggering' level

Accra - A cholera outbreak in Ghana's capital has reached "staggering" levels, an official said on Friday, blaming poor sanitation and overcrowded health facilities for the rapid spread of the disease. Full story...


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Ebola: What Is It and How Do You Get It

The Ebola virus is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the body fluids (blood, urine, feces, saliva, and other secretions) of a person who is sick with the Ebola virus, or with objects like needles that have been contaminated with the virus, or infected animals. A person infected with the Ebola virus is not contagious until symptoms appear. The Ebola virus is not spread through the air or by food or water.

To prevent exposure to the Ebola virus, avoid all skin, eye, or mucous membrane contact with the blood or bodily fluids of a known or suspected person who has been infected with the virus, including deceased persons; avoid contact with objects contaminated with blood or bodily secretions from persons infected with the virus; never eat "bushmeat" (wild animals, including primates and fruit bats, that are sometimes sold as food in local markets); and use all recommended personal protective equipment when handling animal carcasses, especially fresh meat that has not been dried or preserved. In addition, health care workers and emergency response personnel should rigorously adhere to the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) infection prevention and control recommendations.

The onset of the Ebola virus occurs within 2 to 21 days after exposure. Any person who meets both of the following criteria is advised to seek immediate medical care:

(1) A fever combined with additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhaging; and

(2) Contact within 21 days before the onset of symptoms with any of the following: (a) blood or other body fluids; (b) human remains of a patient known or suspected to have the Ebola virus; (c) a health care facility treating patients confirmed to have the Ebola virus; (d) travel to an area where transmission of the Ebola virus is active; or (e) direct handling of bats, rodents, or bushmeat.

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