An Ebola task force unit (ETFU) which arrived in the Caldwell community, north of Monrovia last Monday to remove a corps abandoned the body and fled when an intense crowd began to close in on their operation. They took off in their vehicle bearing license plate number GSA MIA RL 3303 without the unidentified body and without carrying out the usual decontamination spraying of the area.
It is unclear what gave the ETFU a sense of threat from the crowd. Before their departure, however, one of the volunteers declared toour reporter on the scene: “That’s the problem with Liberian people, we don’t believe the truth, and that’s why Ebola has spread like this.”
According to theETF worker, who did not give his identity,another case involving the late former Miss Liberia 2009/2010,Shu-rina Wiah and her family, was not taken seriously until it was too late.
“Look at the family now, the whole family is seriously sick, and even her mother is fighting for her life” the health worker revealed before leaving. He allowed our reporter to copy the plate number of their vehicle.
Meanwhile news spread on Facebook the same day of the death of the late Toose’s (Shu-rina’s elder sister) son, Kelvin Kels Toure. He is said to have died at ELWA 3 MSF Ebola Treatment Center last Sunday, September 21along with his uncle, Oxford Wiah, a brother of Shu-rina.
Toose was reportedly the very first in the family to die, only because, it is alleged, that the family did not take the Ebola Virus seriously. So she (Toose) was given a normal burial. Then her sister, Shu-rina, the former Miss Liberia, took ill and died two weeks later. And now it is reported that many relatives of the family are under quarantine at the ELWA center.
There is yet no medical report confirmingthat Oxford, brother of Toose and sister Shu-rina, and Kelvin, son of Toose, died from Ebola. But what is evident is the fact that four members of the family, including mother and son, have all died within a short span of time.
Meanwhile, the beautiful house said to have been built by the late Shu-rina in the Iron Gate community sits still, with doors and windows firmly locked. There is not a single movement within or around the house, nor can any animals be seen around the yard.
Sad neighbors glance at the house as they pass by. One neighbor, Ma Bendu, who says she lives close by, is “stunned at the news of the death of the four family members”.
It is said that Sieanyene Toose Yuoh- Katty, who died two weeks before her sister Shu-rina, was buried the traditional way with a funeral held on September 11, 2014 at the 1st Baptist Church Cemetery, Congo Town Back Road. Apparently no question was raised at the time concerning whether her death could have been caused by Ebola.
According to news reports, there has been no Ebola occurrence at the Stryker Funeral Home, which handled Toose’s remains.
Meanwhile, the sight of the Ebola team running away and abandoning an unidentified body in Caldwell the same day the news of Kel’s death was reported, has heightened the tension in the Caldwell community.
It is a clear that many people are still in denial about the Ebola Virus and that the Government and all participants in the fight to eradicate Ebola have much more work to do to convince Liberians of the serious impact of the Ebola Virus.