Via Mali Jet, a long report on the hostile response to the suspected cases: Epidemic haemorrhagic fever Ebola: Lassa refuses to accept the "suspects". Excerpt from a Google translation:
Issaka Coulibaly, a crossover in the vestibule of the village chief adviser, tries to explain the sudden rush of adrenaline. The day before the installation of patients, he relates, the mayor Baba Coulibaly was presented to the village chief along with the medical personnel of the municipality.
The group came to learn about the situation of the site reserved by health authorities for hosting the segregation unit of the Capital Health District in such circumstances. A new site was, in fact, should be set after the cutting and distribution of area traditionally dedicated to the Lazaretto quarantine during epidemics.
The village chief has confirmed the existence of the site. But it ensures not have been informed of the installation of "suspects" from Guinea in his village. Informed immediately, he sent to the municipal authorities and the District emissaries to signify his outrage at this unilateral decision to disapprove the initiative.
The site in question, he says, covers an area straddling the boundaries of Lassa and five other villages Sanankoro, Koulouniko, Bangoni, Dokodouma and Sikoro. Most alarming is that Sanankoro, Sikoro Bangoni and send their children to schools, and Lassa students through every day the vast area that houses the site.
This information is confirmed by the Mayor Baba Coulibaly reiterates refusal of the community to live with the sick. He also demanded the transfer of the site. All were agreed by the Minister of Health and Public Hygiene.
Ousmane Koné has met with the delegation of the village chief in which he promised to uphold its application suite. On Friday, told the village whose youth had promised to protest again if the move was not performed, before abandoning.
Friday morning, tension remained high. Young people had gathered to climb the hill where the site is located. Their nervousness fueled rumors reporting the disappearance of a patient in nature. Mayor Baba Coulibaly denied information after checking with the health personnel. Voltage has dropped a notch and young people are given an appointment in the afternoon return emissaries of the village chief to the governor.
The meeting scheduled in the afternoon of Friday ended up turning sit-in to block the passage giving access to the isolated site. Young asked barricades, preventing any movement towards the site with the only point of claim: the transfer of suspected patients.
They finally managed to bend the health authorities. But not without difficulty. According to a witness, reached by telephone, youth prevented three vehicles to pass. This is the ambulance FIU Lafiabougou, escorted by a Pick up the gendarmerie and another ambulance was transporting new patients.
The CRF ambulance carrying food and water for patients interned in the segregation unit of Lassa. Upon arrival at the first dam, the two vehicles were asked to return at risk of being vandalized.
Despite the intervention of the police, the number of four including the driver, young people are unimpressed. Before impotent police, they opened the doors of the ambulance, removed and destroyed the water pack forcing both vehicles to turn back.
A few hours later the health authorities wanted to carry other patients for the same destination. The youth attacked the ambulance carrying patients with stones. They smashed car windows, which remained stationary for a long time. The authorities finally resolved to relocate patients to another destination. Around 22 hours, the site was dismantled.
Old and new patients were transported to Sénou. Young people in this area who were also on the lookout and the news quickly spread. Early Saturday morning, they completed all users from the National Highway 7. Despite the intervention of the police, Sénou also remained mobilized throughout the day.
Ultimately it is the night of Saturday to Sunday, the patients were transferred to another unknown destination. According to witnesses interviewed on site, it is in the edge of the cemetery Sénou that tents had been set up to accommodate those bulky sick.