Ebola Cases Are Still High in Bong

first_imgBong County Health Officer, Dr. Sampson Azoakoi, has stated that Ebola cases are still high in the county despite frantic efforts by the County Health Team, the County Leadership and partners to fight the deadly virus there.Briefing journalists at the office of the Bong County Health Team at Phebe Hospital on Monday, Dr. Azoakoi said 74 new cases were recorded last week alone.Of the 74 cases, he said, 15 are confirmed and 59 suspected.  But he quickly informed journalists that of the 59 suspected cases, 32 are recorded in Bong, while 34 are from Margibi, with 6 registered from Gbarpolu and 2 from Monsterrado County.Of the 15 confirmed cases, 3 are from Bong County, nine from Gbarpolu, and 3 from Margibi County.Dr. Azoakoi also announced that the Bong County Ebola Taskforce received thirty-eight mobile laboratory results last week, of which 15 were positive and 23 were negative.Nine of the cases were undetermined, meaning the nine are required to repeat their EVD test.He was swift to notify the County Taskforce that a cumulative number of 1,326 contacts were recorded from the beginning of October, of which 1,226 persons completed the 21-day quarantine as instituted by the County Health Team.The county also recorded 28 cumulative deaths from the period under review, with six occurring at the ETU in Suakoko District.Dr. Azoakoi indicated that the County Health Team has documented 54 discharged patients from the ETU in Bong County.He said three children from the ETU in Bong County have been reunited with their parents after surviving the killer disease.He named Gbarpolu County as the latest epi-center, with nine cases, all testing positive, reported from that county.The County Health Officer informed the gathering that the Ebola cases began to increase in the county from week ten when the disease engulfed the entire county. Dr. Azoakoi told the Taskforce that he believes the rapid spread of the disease is the direct result of the refusal of local residents to adhere to measures announced by health authorities.“If we do not change our behavior of how to treat this deadly disease, it will surely live with us for a long period of time despite firm commitment of the international community to fight the virus,” Dr. Azoakoi declared shaking his head in disappointment. He told this paper that one of the underlying reasons for the increase in Ebola deaths in recent times is the entrenched culture of silence on the part of Liberians to report for testing in spite of the presence of testing centers in the county.  This, he warned, is breaking down the fabric of the society.The County Health Officer stressed that with the ingrained culture of silence, the County Health Team is finding it extremely difficult to fight the Ebola virus disease in the county.  This is especially so because suspected Ebola virus carriers are not prepared to be quarantined or to report to the health facilities for early checkup and treatment.Ordinary Bong County residents who spoke to the Daily Observer argued that the virus is not being enclosed due to the lackadaisical response on the part of the residents to the measures put in place by health authorities.  Others maintain that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Government of Liberia are not doing much to respond to the appeals of health workers to provide services at the health facilities and ETUs around the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Four talking points in European football this weekend

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Belgian forward Eden Hazard gets off the mark © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPARIS, France, Oct 7 – Bayern Munich went from boom to bust after crushing Tottenham in the Champions League, while, Spain’s big guns may be misfiring but top La Liga anyway.In Italy Antonio Conte’s rebuilding of Inter is still a work in progress following defeat to dominant Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have no real domestic rival. AFP Sport looks at the four main talking points from the weekend on the continent:– Spain’s crisis clubs top La Liga –Lionel Messi looks back on form after struggling with injuries at the start of the season © AFP / Josep LAGOZinedine Zidane was said to be facing the sack with Real Madrid lining up Jose Mourinho in his place, while two weeks ago Ernesto Valverde was taking similar flack at Barcelona.However Real are top of La Liga on 18 points with champions Barcelona two points behind in second after both roared to big wins over Granada and Sevilla.“It has been a strange start to the season and we have not gained all the points we would have wanted,” Valverde said after their 4-0 home thumping of the Andalusians, which saw injury-plagued Lionel Messi score his first goal of the season.Real also scored four as another man under-pressure, Eden Hazard, netted for the first time since his 100-million euro ($109 million) move from Chelsea during a 4-2 win over Granada that also took some of the heat off Zidane.The pair will face each other on October 26 at the Camp Nou, a match that will no doubt show which of the big two is in the best shape to take the title.– Sublime to ridiculous –A star for Byern against Spurs, Serge Gnabry failed to follow up on that display against Hoffenheim © AFP / Christof STACHEDid over-exertion in Tuesday’s 7-2 Champions League rout of Tottenham Hotspur eventually lead to Bayern Munich dropping three precious points in the Bundesliga?Four days after thrashing Spurs, the Bavarians appeared to take their foot off the gas when they lost 2-1 at home to Hoffenheim, surrendering top spot in the league to Borussia Moenchengladbach and dropping back to third behind Wolfsburg.It was Bayern’s first home league defeat for almost a year and their captain Manuel Neuer said the defeat served as “a warning you get nothing for free”.– Conte says mind the gap –Inter Milan’s Antonio Conte still has a job to do to overhaul Juventus in Italy © AFP / Marco BertorelloAntonio Conte admitted Inter Milan have a large gap to close after his new side lost top spot in Serie A with a 2-1 defeat to defending champions Juventus.Inter had been flying high with a perfect run of six wins before losing Sunday’s ‘Derby d’Italia’ with fierce rivals Juve.“I’m disappointed at the defeat, not because it was against Juventus. I’ve always lost against Juventus, when I was at Arezzo and Atalanta,” said Conte.Juventus won the first three of their current run of eight Serie A titles under Conte before he led Chelsea to a Premier League title and then embarked on the project to rebuild Inter Milan, who have not won the league since 2010.“The lads gave their all, but we have a long road ahead of us to reach Juventus’ standard,” added Conte. “They’re at a different level from us and we’re looking to improve so that we can close the gap.”– Ligue 1 of their own –Neymar showed his undoubted class on teh pitch as Paris Saint-Germain hammered Angers © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTParis Saint-Germain get the occasional reminder that they still have to show up and put in a performance to take three points in Ligue 1, as when they were shocked 2-0 by Reims last month.This week however France’s dominant football force thrashed their closest rival Angers 4-0 as their all-star cast cruised into overdrive and overwhelmed the visitors thanks to the undisputed brilliance of Neymar and the work rate of new boy Idrissa Gueye in midfield.Now firmly in control of Ligue 1, PSG appear unstoppable domestically as Neymar got his fourth league goal and Mauro Icardi his second in all competitions since joining on loan from Inter Milan, while French phenomenon Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani sat out another game injured.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more