For the week of November 3rd through November 14th, the data released in the Government of Liberia’s (GoL) Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) report included information on the supply needs of different counties as well as concerns over regions that aren’t currently accessible because of poor roads.
The reporting of Ebola cases has been standardized between the counties but there are still difficulties getting regular data from all of the Holding Centers and Treatment Units. This graph shows the number of people who have been admitted, are currently in treatment or have been discharged from facilities across Liberia for the week of November 10th.
From the beginning of November Grand Cape Mount County had five probable cases reported and two of these individuals are refusing to be transferred to the ETU. The county has continued to receive new supplies including two ambulances, donated by the Global community and a Senator. There are many cases that are being transferred to ETUs in Monrovia from other areas. In total there have been 27 new patients admitted to ETUs in Monrovia.
In Sinoe County training and prevention activities have been ongoing. The county task force team held a meeting at the F.J. Grante Hospital with 55 members of the Chiefs and Elders Traditional Council from the ten health districts in the county. There were 173 Community Health Volunteers trained by Medical Team International across six districts within the county. Concern is growing over the Ebola Holding Unit’s staff having not received pay since August and the lack of funds to purchase clothing and supplies for survivors that are being discharged from the holding center.
There are some immediate supply needs in Gbarpolu County where there is currently no working ambulance. Several districts including Gou Nwolala, Kongba and Belleh are a high level concern since the roads have been damaged and are currently impassible by vehicles. There is also no cell phone network in many of these areas, so there is a need for VHF radios to help reach these isolated places.
Grand Kru County received donations from the Cavalla Rubber Corporation including gloves, buckets and soap to help support the efforts of the County Ebola Taskforce.
Challenges with tracking patients have continued to be reported. Currently in Bomi County an individual who was suspected to have Ebola was transported from Tulamu to Monrovia, but no one is aware of the patients status or location.
River Cess County has received an ambulance to help communities around Kayah Town. The Contact Tracers have continued to monitoring individuals and there were 11 contacts that have now become symptomatic. There were 6 probable cases that were transferred in ambulances from Kayah’s Town to the ETU in Montrovia. The Morweh community has also rejected the efforts of the burial team.
Montserrado County has reported that it is currently treating 180 cases of Ebola. There were 13 individuals being monitored by contact tracers that have now become symptomatic. It is unknown how many of these individuals have been transferred to the ETU.
There was one suspected case from Karnwee town in Nimba County that was diagnosed at the Saclepea Comprehensive Health Center and has been sent to the ETU in Ganta.