‘Hunger, Thirst Worsening Ebola Victims’ Conditions in Quarantine Centers’

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A national human right group, the Foundation of International Dignity (FIND) has disclosed that the conditions of Ebola victims in quarantined centers across the country are facing an alarming lack of food and liquids.

FIND executive director Roosevelt Woods says his orgnization has been informed that Ebola victims eat once a day and hardly receive average liquid or fluid to go along with their treatment.

The social justice advocate group made the revelation over the past week at their Capitol Hill, Monrovia office.

Mr. Woods told scores of journalists gathered for a press conference that the government is under constitutional obligation to protect the lives of its citizens. This means there would be more chances of survival if the government filled the warehouses of the quarantined centers with food and fluids.

“The creation of psychosocial counseling, feeding, water and medication seriously complements medication and saves more lives,” Mr. Woods argued.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the Ebola hemorrhagic fever has no standard treatment for the fever, but patients may likely  survived if they receive supportive therapy. This consists of balancing the patient’s fluids and electrolytes, maintaining their oxygen status and blood pressure, and treating them for any complicating infections.

The human dignity promotional group urged the government to heighten its fight against the deadly Ebola virus by reopening public health centers in the counties along with the provision of Ebola safety gears and insurance to health workers.  The foundation also called for  additional ambulances in the counties.

He announced the assignment  of monitors to quarantined centers to observe the situation.

Mr. Woods frowned on the stigmatization and criminalization of the virus both in and out of the country.

The virus is spread through physical contact, he argued,  but insisted that every Liberian should not been stigmatized and criminalized, such as in the cancellation of international trips, amongst others.

Though he hailed the President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for the potent and sustained fight she has launched against the virus, Mr. Woods said the government must step-up the fight in order to save more   lives.

The Ministry of Health has reported that up to August 2, 2014, 262 persons have died while 465 cases are quarantined.

“Ebola is real and we must all fight collectively to deal with the virus so that we may be reunited with our families and friends and return to normal life,” Mr. Woods asserted.  He added, “We want to encourage  the cooperation of Liberian citizens in taking the outbreak very seriously” in order to help the already affected get well and to prevent the disease’s  further spread.

Meanwhile, FIND’s vision is to see communities and individuals in Liberia achieve social justice, respect for one another, knowledge of their rights and civic duties and live in a social environment of dignity and peace.

Since its establishment in 2002, FIND has been mobilizing citizens to participate in   decision-making processes at all levels in the communities through dialogue with stakeholders on governance issues.  It collaborates with partners to build a strong advocacy network through meetings, community forums and radio programs.

FIND is the only national civil society organization in Liberia that has relocated its national headquarters from Monrovia to rural Liberia, Gbarnga, Bong County, as a means of strengthening its relationship with local people, many of whom are the key beneficiaries of the organization’s programs.  

 

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