via The New People, a highly lurid story: Health Minister Orders Kidnap of Ebola Patients?! The complete report:
If reports emanating from the eastern part of Sierra Leone from credible sources are anything to go by, then the Health Minister, Miatta Kargbo, is GUILTY of ordering the kidnap and possible secret killing of dying ebola virus patients.
When the Special Executive Assistant to the President, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden first ‘reported’ the outbreak or prevalence of the deadly disease in the Kissi Teng Chiefdom, Health Ministry officials treated it with reckless abandon and dismissed her report as a ‘loud nothing’.
And as if on a deadly mission to kill the citizens, the Health Ministry also hurriedly summoned a press conference in Freetown to dismiss a BBC report further raising alarm on the ebola disease.
It has been learnt now that the Koindu Community Health Center serving Kissi Teng, the epicenter of the Ebola virus was shut down starting yesterday evening.
All the suspected Ebola cases are said to have been abandoned with patients left with the option of returning home and mixing with the rest of the population.
Such occurrence would never happen if the Health Minister Miatta Kargbo is not plainly incompetent. With such prevalence of a deadly disease in that part of the country, the Health Center should have been upgraded to a Field Hospital immediately.
Sources close to the Health Minister have disclosed that the lady minister has secretly ‘ordered’ for all ebola patients to be kidnapped from the Kissi Teng chiefdom and driven to Kenema on grounds of isolating the patients. Patients are said to have been dying in Kenema where they have been receiving little or no treatment at all.
On learning about this deadly mission, relatives of the dying patients reportedly went berserk and attacked the kidnapping medical team.
The doctor and the rest of the team sent by the minister are said to have escaped from the health center and sought police protection.
The police have responded by firing live rounds to disperse the rioters; an occurrence that has left patients and relatives running to nearby bushes to seek refuge.
The kidnappers have also left the town with the ebola patients left with no medical attention.
Even Sulaiman Kanneh Saidu, the Community Health Officer is said to have fled the town.
Media coverage of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been scanty at best. We do know that Ebola in Guinea occasionally triggered riots, but this report seems over the top.