Second Government Minister Undergoes Ebola Quarantine

Liberia’s Transport Minister Angela Cassell-Bush has voluntarily submitted to being quarantined following reports of the death of her driver, Nimene Sumo, from the Ebola virus.

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Liberia’s Transport Minister Angela Cassell-Bush has voluntarily submitted to be quarantined after death of her driver from the Ebola virus
Liberia’s Transport Minister Angela Cassell-Bush has voluntarily submitted to be quarantined after death of her driver from the Ebola virus

Transport Minister Angela Cassell-Bush has voluntarily submitted to being quarantined following reports of the death of her driver, Nimene Sumo, from the Ebola virus.

Disclosing this Tuesday at the Ministry of Information regular Ebola press briefing at the ministry, Deputy Information Minister for Public Affairs, Isaac Jackson, said contrary to speculations in the public, the Minister is not infected with the Ebola virus.

Minister Bush is the second cabinet official to undergo self quarantine. About three weeks ago, the Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Bernice Dahn quarantined herself after a staff in her office died of Ebola.

A Transport Ministry release also clarifies that the late Sumo, a driver assigned with the Minister, has made no contact with her since his last day at work on Friday, October 3, 2014.

As a matter of precaution, Minister Cassell-Bush has decided to voluntarily isolate herself for the period of 21 days, commencing October 3, 2014, Mr. Sumo’s last day of work and the last day of her interaction with him.

At the same time, the Ministry of Transport has requested the Ministry of Health to decontaminate the entire Ministry of Transport building with immediate effect.

The release also added that the administration of the Ministry of Transport is encouraging every official and employee who may have interacted with the late Sumo to remain at home for 21 days to also observe their health condition as of the last day of interaction with him.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Lewis G. Brown disclosed at the press briefing that the Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Bernice Dahn, who was quarantined for 21 days following the death of her administrative assistant from the Ebola virus, has been released with no symptom of the deadly virus.

 

 

Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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