Via the Daily Observer, a July 24 report: EBOLA Fear Leaves Sanniquellie Hospital Deserted. Excerpt:
The fear of Ebola has left the George Way Harley Hospital in Sanniquellie vandalized as nurses and patients fled after a man suspected of having Ebola went to the hospital for treatment.
Reports reaching the Daily Observer said on Thursday, July 17, the man who was believed to have come from Monrovia went to the hospital to be treated after coming down with suspected Ebola symptoms.
Sources said upon noticing that the case was Ebola, the nurses on the ward and admitted patients took to their heels and fled, leaving the hospital deserted.
The hospital is yet to resume normal duty since last week as citizens, as well as the nurses and doctors are still afraid to return.
According to a local radio station, the suspected Ebola patient later fled Sanniquellie and headed for Gbehlay Geh, where he was pursued and brought back to; but his whereabouts are presently unknown.
Some of the nurses who fled the hospital told this paper that they fled because there are no protective gears to handle anyone presenting Ebola symptoms.
Prior to the alarming news of Ebola, the Nurses’ Services Director at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Mrs. Nora K. Sandi, told this paper in an exclusive interview that the hospital doesn’t have any protective materials to cater to anyone who may come down with Ebola.