…Health Ministry Announces
The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare says there is no cure or vaccination for the deadly Ebola virus.
Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah said the Ministry is deeply troubled by news of group of people in the various communities administering Ebola prevention vaccine.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing Thursday, the Assistant Health Minister said it was unfortunate that while the government and partners seek measures to contain the spread of the deadly virus in the country, individuals are bent on confusing the population.
It has been speculated in Monrovia and its environs that certain group of individuals was visiting various communities to administer vaccination for prevention against the Ebola disease.
It was also speculated that bitter kola could prevent the virus. But, the Health Ministry has termed the speculation as untrue and has threatened to arrest and prosecute anyone found in such act.
Minister Nyenswah has also asked community members to report any individual caught administering vaccine or traditional treatment for Ebola in Liberia.
According to the Assistant Health Minister, the public is encouraged to continuously take the necessary preventive measures, including avoiding direct contact with dead bodies, and body fluids of infected Ebola patients
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has announced that four additional counties have been re-categorized as response counties, thereby bringing the total affected counties to seven (7) in Liberia.
Minister Nyenswah named Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, Cape Mount, Bong, Lofa and Nimba as the Ebola affected counties in Liberia.
He indicated that about 179 cases have been reported with 67 of those cases confirmed to be Ebola.
The Assistant Health Minister also stated that the suspected ebola death rate has reached 105 with 48 confirmed since the second wave of the virus was reported in Liberia.