Thanks to Makoto for tweeting the link to this report in Heritage, via allAfrica.com: Liberia: At Redemption Hospital - Fear Grips Nurses, Patients After Ebola Outbreak (Page 1 of 2). Excerpt:
The Independent and Authoritative Heritage Newspaper has observed low turnout of patients at the Redemption Hospital following the death of a nurse from Ebola at the Hospital.
The Redemption Hospital, which is situated in the Borough of New Kru Town on the Bushrod Island, outside Monrovia, is the second largest referral hospital in Liberia, next to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor.
It is being run and operated by the Government of Liberia (GOL) on a free of charge basis.
Our investigation states that patients are no longer seeking medical care at the hospital in their numbers as it used to be due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that also killed one of the nurses at the hospital.
It can be recalled that at least four persons including a nurse identified as Esther Kesselley of the Redemption Hospital died from the virus.
Since the outbreak of the virus at the hospital, our investigation divulged that patients are no longer willing to be admitted at the hospital for a prolong period of time due to fear of contracting the Ebola virus.
Our investigation unearthed that most of the patients preferred to be taken to the Out Patients Department (OPD) to seek medical care in order to return home the same day, rather than the In-Patients Department (IPD).
Like any other hospital, the OPD at the Redemption Hospital provides short term medical treatment or care to patients while the IPD which comprises of the Internal Care Unit (ICU) and Labor Ward, amongst others, attends to patients that are in critical conditions.
Our reporter who toured several departments in the hospital including the Pediatric Ward, IPD, OPD, Delivery Ward, Adult Emergency Room, Dispensary Room, amongst others on Monday, June 30, 2014 observed that most of the nurses were either sitting "quietly or lecturing" as a result of the low turnout of patients.
Many of the hospital beds were empty due to the situation.