Disease Kills 7 at Omega Community in Paynesville

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As the deadly Ebola virus continues to strike various communities in Monrovia and its environs, seven family members have been killed as a result of victims having contracted the disease.

Madam Hawa Sammie, 67, went to a clinic a few weeks ago and was diagnosed as an Ebola suspect.  She returned home at the old Omega Navigation Station community and misled the family, telling them that she had been diagnosed as suffering from malaria.

Consequently, many of the family members caring for her contracted the Ebola virus and died. Bodies remain in the house to the detriment of residents and business entities in the area.

Mr. Stephen Fomba, 42, widower of the first Ebola virus victim in the community, told the Daily Observer that he was in Sinoe County when his wife became sick.

He also intimated that the funeral home took the body and later informed the family members that the cause of death was indeed Ebola.

Mr. Fomba also claimed that he had called numerous times to get people from the Ebola Response Team to come to the community to collect the bodies, but no one responded.

The Response Team eventually came and carried away four of the dead after a member of the House of Representatives intervened.

According to Mr. Fomba, the victim died since Sunday and it was only yesterday that the team came to remove the body.

Mr. Fomba noted that the only person who had come to their community was Mrs. Mai Urey, wife of Mr. Benoni Urey, who brought along a counselor.

He further disclosed that the first victim expired last Sunday, followed by 10 others, bringing the total to eleven persons who have died at the old Omega Navigation Station Community.

The chairman of the Omega Navigation Station Communtity, Richelieu Philips, pointed out that the lack of awareness initiatives from the Ministry of Health has allegedly contributed current death rates in the area.

He also indicated that many residents afflicted by the virus are in hiding, failing to report that they have contracted Ebola, because they don’t want to be quarantined for 21-days.

Chairman Philips sounded a serious note of caution that if urgent and swift steps and actions are not taken to remedy the grave situation, many more persons would die in the Omega Community in Paynesville.

The Community Chairman also claimed that if the Liberian Government does not take swift action, many of the counselors will continue not to take their assignments seriously.

“Proactive action and steps by the Liberian Government, partners and residents must be undertaken, or else the entire nation and its people would perish forever,” Chairman Philips cautioned.

He further underscored the urgent need for the Ministry of  Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) to decentralize the response activities through Non-governmental organizations and local community organizations in order to intensify the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country.

Chairman Philips stated that he was disappointed about the overall response of the Liberian Government to the Ebola virus crisis, particularly the MOHSW.

Relatedly,, a large group of motorcyclists and community dwellers at the Omega Navigation Station told the Daily Observer yesterday that there are two additional bodies abandoned at Morris Farm Community in Paynesville.

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