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Bong County Confirms First COVID-19 Case

Gbarnga – Bong County has confirmed its first COVID-19 case, the County Health Officer announced on Thursday, June 4.

Dr. Adolphus Yeah, speaking at a press conference in Gbarnga city, told reporters that the patient was a 52-year-old man.

He said the 52 years old man died in the community after his specimen was taking to Monrovia and was proven positive at the reference lab of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia.

Dr. Yeah said that the county health team is currently working alongside the family to give the deceased a  “befitting burial”.

Eight persons, who interacted with the patient before his demise, have been quarantined at their homes as they will be monitored by heath workers

Meanwhile, the County Health Officer  has disclosed that the health team currently faces huge challenges. He mentioned the lack of ambulances to transport patients to health facilities, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for health workers across the county.

Emmanuel Mafelah is a practicing journalist with over 5 years experience in broadcast and print media. He is currently a producer/reporter at Kwatekeh radio in Gbarnga, Bong County. Mafelah has served as county correspondent for The News Newspaper and the Global News Network Liberia, among several other national media outlets. Currently, he is the Bong County Correspondent for the News Public Trust. Emmanuel is a graduate of the Gbarnga YMCA youth journalism program.

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