As the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus spreads across Liberia, the Ganta City Authorities, in collaboration of the United Methodist Hospital Administration, have established a special task force to respond to any Ebola cases in Ganta and its environs.The decision to establish the task force was reached last Monday at a meeting held in the office of the City Mayor of Ganta. The meeting was sparked by reports of two cases of Ebola-related deaths. One of which the victims was identified as being Ebola positive.The meeting, which include all zonal heads of Ganta and major stakeholders, agreed to formulate two committees — one on awareness and tracing and the other on resource mobilization.Even though the Ebola outbreak is not as prevalent in Ganta as compared to other places in Liberia, the fear is said to be hampering major activities in the city, where many entertainment centers appeared to be inactive.But surprisingly, one of the clinics in Ganta has been temporarily closed owing to a man who was treated at the clinic but later died. He was considered to be an Ebola patient from Monrovia.The man’s body was taken to the Gompa Funeral Home in Ganta, but was traced by health workers and was removed and immediately buried.The funeral Home and all those working there have been put under quarantine and advised not the leave until after 21 days.The home of the man who died from Ebola has also been quarantined, with community leaders asked to keep watch on the movement of the people living there.City Mayor Dorr Cooper told the Daily Observer, “The awareness and tracing committee has identified and quarantined some people in two critical spots since 28 July, 2014.”The Daily Observer has also established that one factor people are complaining about in dealing with Ebola is the issue of feeding those who will be put under quarantine.“If they say those suspected of having Ebola should move and go anywhere then who will feed them or give them their daily needs?” asked Paul Zorpeawon, a businessman in Ganta.In the response, Mayor Cooper said the committee on resources and mobilization is soliciting resources so as to cater to those who are under quarantine.“We have begun providing food to those under quarantine with the small resources we have, but we need help because don’t what happens next,” he said.At many business places in Ganta beginning 29th July, 2014, buckets of water for hand washing were seen at the entrances, with people taking advantage of putting some of the preventive measures into practice.Meanwhile, the Ganta United Methodist Hospital is setting up an Ebola Center in one of its facilities, which was once used to host women with VVF.But the facility is yet to be equipped and staffed, according to Hospital Administrator Victor Taryor, owing lack of money.“We are waiting for the government to come so we can put the place into use at once,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Reuters: Medicare Coverage Could Be Even More Useful At Age 50 Americans are living longer, so why not lower the eligibility age for Medicare? That prescription might sound upside down: rising longevity often is used as an argument for delaying Medicare eligibility past age 65. However, one of the country’s top experts on geriatric medicine actually thinks Medicare should start covering preventive healthcare when we turn 50. Dr. Linda Fried, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York, says that could help people not just live longer, but enjoy more healthy years. Meanwhile, Medicare would save money on treatment of chronic illnesses in seniors. (Miller, 6/18) The humble house call is being put to the test to see if it can improve care and cut costs for some of Medicare’s frailest patients — and new data suggests it can work. Medicare announced Thursday that it saved more than $25 million in the first year of a three-year study to determine the value of home-based primary care for frail seniors with multiple chronic illnesses, by avoiding pricier hospital or emergency room care. Dr. Patrick Conway, Medicare’s chief medical officer, says the house call delivers “high-touch” coordinated care that allows doctors and nurses to spot brewing problems in a patient’s everyday environment before he or she worsens. (Neergaard, 6/18) Medicare House Calls Save $25M In Three Years A program, Medicare’s Independent at Home demonstration project, served more than 8,000 seniors with multiple chronic conditions — often the most expensive patients. Elsewhere, an expert says Medicare preventive care could be more useful for people when they’re 50 than when they’re 65. The Associated Press: Medicare Project: House Calls For Frail Seniors Cut Costs This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.