The Daily Observer has been reliably learned from a credible source that one patient was on Tuesday, March 25, quarantined at the JFK Medical Center in Sinkor, Monrovia, after health practitioners noticed symptoms of the Ebola virus.Our source, who asked not to be named, said the patient had come from one of those regions in Lofa region, where at least three confirmed Ebola deaths were reported by authorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Monrovia.Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale and his Deputy, Dr. Bernice Dahn, had told a news conference Monday, March 24, that five of six persons, who recently crossed into Liberia from Guinea, had died from the Ebola virus. They clarified that three of the five died in Liberia, while the other two, upon their return to Guinea, also expired. The sixth is critical and being treated at a health facility in Zorzor, Lofa County.Senior authorities at JFK Medical Center could not be reached for comment as their mobile phones were said to be switched off after we had tried more than five times.GANTA CITY Two suspected Ebola cases were diagnosed at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital on Monday, March 24, and the patients were immediately transferred to the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia, Dr. Claude Monga, Acting Chief Medical Officer of Ganta Hospital disclosed.Speaking to a team of journalists on Tuesday, March 25, Dr. Monga revealed the two patients were transferred because the Ganta hospital didn’t have anywhere to keep such patients.He said one of the patients, believed to be a nine-year-old girl, was brought from Guinea and was vomiting and excreting blood, days after she was admitted at the hospital. After discovering her condition, she was immediately transferred.He also noted the other patient didn’t vomit or excrete blood, but had been having persistent fever for the past five days and was also transferred.Dr. Claude said Ebola’s symptoms sometimes take five to ten days before they can actually be identified.He said since there is a possibility of the virus being spread to the nurses, especially those in the Emergency Room/ER, they have been instructed to wear protective gear that covers their entire bodies.“We have warned our nurses in the ER that before admitting any patient the doctor should be contacted because we do not want to mix up suspected cases with other patients,” he said.The news of the spread of Ebola in the Mano River Basin is said to be creating some serious concern among the citizens as well as the medical practitioners in Nimba.The Liberian border with Guinea at Ganta City has the highest amount of road traffic, channeling regular business activities between the two countries 6 days a week. This makes a Ganta a highly populated economic hub which also connects Southeastern Liberia to the rest of the country. At the Nimba Superintendent’s Induction Ceremony in Sanniquellie on 24th March, the Medical Doctor at George Way Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie, Dr. Lorene C. Cooper, called the local government, including members of the 53rd Legislative Caucus to make funding available to set up a center in the county for suspected Ebola patients.She warned the public to be careful with how they interacted with others, especially family members that come down with persistent fevers.“There is nowhere in Nimba to take patients that may come in with this deadly sickness, she added.Despite the alarming news of the virus raging havoc in Guinea, where at least 60 persons have died, our Nimba Correspondent said, Guineans interviewed in Ganta showed very little concern and appeared unaware of the prevailing health situation in their country.“It is only in Liberia, we are hearing about this kind of news,” one of them, who is very frequent across the border, said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Local Government ElectionsThe Alliance For Change (AFC) held its second National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting for 2018 on Tuesday where a decision was taken to have its leader, Raphael Trotman respond to President David Granger in a “prescribed manner” on the issue of Local Government Elections.The AFC late Tuesday evening said the meeting was held at the Georgetown Club and was attended by members of the NEC, representatives from all the administrative regions and Diaspora representatives, including persons from Grenada who represented the AFC’s Caribbean Chapter.According to the party, Trotman reported to the meeting that on April 30, he received a response to the AFC letter dated February 26, 2018, which was sent to leader of the A Partnership For National Unity (APNU), President David Granger. The AFC letter outlined a number of matters, including the issue of the approach to Local Government Elections and the response from Granger proposed “a certain course of action.”“The NEC deliberated on this matter and mandated the leader respond to His Excellency in a prescribed manner. This will be done in the coming days and following the dispatch of that communication, the AFC will make a more detailed statement on the issue,” the AFC in a statement said on Tuesday evening.Last month, after months of uncertainty, AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan said the party will be going into the LGE with the APNU under one ticket.“We have made a decision that we are going as a coalition. We have to thrash out a number of issues preferably in relation to candidacy candidates, and a number of other things,” he told the press, while noting that the AFC has noticed some unfortunate developments in the Georgetown municipality.Ramjattan was referring to the attitude of APNU Councillors, including Town Clerk Royston King towards AFC members, which he claimed is “bothering us.” The AFC Chairman indicated that statements in this regard have been made and will be officially raised through communication with APNU officials.In mid-January, Trotman had announced the possibility of the party breaking away from the APNU for this year’s LGE. The AFC leader went as far as to reveal that there was a strong opinion of body within the party that the AFC should go alone, which may have been prompted over delays with reviewing the Cummingsburg Accord.The AFC has, of recent, come under fire for the perceived submissive role it played when it joined forces with APNU. In 2017, top leadership of the AFC had decided to revise its governing agreement with APNU.