Gov’t ETU Refuses Suspected Ebola Patients

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One of the Government’s Ebola Treatments Units (ETUs)  in the country, the 24th Street facility in Sinkor, last Friday refused to accept some suspected Ebola patients for treatment.

Speaking to the Daily Observer reporter who visited the ETU, the driver of Representative Saah Joseph’s ambulance, Foday Gallah, disclosed that authorities at the treatment center informed him that no more beds were available for the suspected Ebola patients.

“I came here since two hours ago with the ambulance of four persons suspected of the virus, but authorities of the area are telling me that they don’t have beds for anymore  patients. And I can’t take them anywhere [else], not even to  their Soul Clinic Community because the community will not agree to accept these people.”

According to him, the four persons were taken from the Soul Clinic community after they had been quarantined by the residents of the area. One of the patients in the ambulance had already lost his wife his wife, son and daughter to the epidemic!

Driver Gallah  further explained that one of the four persons he was transporting had already died in the ambulance due to the authorities’ failure to come and handle the patients with urgency.

“I am concerned about what will happen to the other patients still living for now,” he said in a sad and confused mood.

According to Mr. Gallah, “If you can have someone who lost his wife, daughter and son of the deadly Ebola virus being  denied of treatment with all the distress and frustration he is already undergoing, then this is a matter of grave concern to all of us, especially to those of us that are trying to help bring the patients for treatment.”

He further explained that about 10 other persons are currently at the ETU awaiting treatments.  Two were lying on the ground, while others were in vehicles parked outside the ETU. “We don’t know what might next happen to them,” said Mr. Gallah.

He called on the right authorities to be more forceful throughout the country in handling the Ebola situation in order to contain the virus, and laid special emphasis  those suspected of the epidemic.

Asked what his next plan of action was, Mr. Gallah said would not take the Ebola suspected patients or the dead body back to their residences.  “I will leave them right here to avoid being  stoned by the residents of Soul.

Driver Gallah's concerns are not far-fetched.

Some of the suspected Ebola patients were seen on Friday vomiting after being denied admission to the center.

Last Thursday, one of the Ebola patients ran out of the same ETU compound area and died in front of the area.

Eye witnesses told the Daily Observer that the man came out of the compound running around and asking for water to drink and later died.

Meanwhile, the government at the same Ebola Treatments Unit on Friday released 15 persons who survived the Ebola virus.

The 15 persons also received food, Ebola buckets and other items to help contain the virus and be more robust in the fight against the epidemic.

The government of Liberia says at least five new Ebola Treatment Units are being opened in and around Montserrado County, where the virus seems to be spreading fastest. Said treatment units are expected to have the capacity to host 500 to 1,000 patients each. The first such clinic being outfitted to receive Ebola patients is the Island Clinic (also known as the Amagashie Clinic) on Bushrod Island.

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