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.