Via allAfrica.com, a report from FrontPageAfrica: Liberia: Suspected Ebola Victim Corpse Abandoned.
With a reported donation of five hundred Thousand United States Dollars from Nigeria to fight Ebola in Liberia, the Ministry of Health says it is doing its best to curtail the deadly virus, but yet the corpse of a suspected Ebola patient was allegedly abandoned in Louisiana, in Montserrado County since Friday, with no effort to remove the body.
Mr. Solomon Miller, Commissioner of Louisiana, via mobile phone on Monday morning said that the body has been in Louisiana since Friday and when he contacted the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare; they sent health workers to collect the body.
"When the health workers arrived to get the body, the son of the deceased started throwing stones at the car and refused for the body to be removed, so they got into their car and left," said Commissioner Miller.
The Commissioner said, upon returning from a funeral service, on Saturday, he called Deputy Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn, and she told him she could not send health workers without police officers there to protect the health Team. Mr. Miller said he then got the police and called Dr. Dahn who promised to send the health team, but the whole of Monday he and his people waited until 9:00PM with the health team not showing up.
"The body is still here this Monday morning as I speak to you, and the entire Louisiana is in fear and cannot pass the road for fear they would get affected, because they have been educated that when a person dies of Ebola, the virus becomes over active and can affect anybody," said Miller.
But when contacted via Mobile phone, Dr. Dahn said she knew about the case in Louisiana as it has already been recorded. "I know about the case in Louisiana and it has been recorded, but I am in the middle of something right now that I cannot talk, but call 1333, they are responsible," she said.
Upon speaking, she hung up, but when FPA called 1333, which is considered Ebola Hotline, nobody answered the call as the phone rang endlessly. As to whether the lady who died lived in Louisiana, Commissioner Miller said the lady and her son were strangers, but he heard that she was a wife of one Mr. Robert Fofee, who lives in Fofee town, in Louisiana.
"We do not know this woman and her son and since the son threw stones at health workers to leave, he has not been seen and he was the one looking after his mother."
Miller said he heard that the deceased was in Monrovia treating her sister who was sick and when the sister died, she relocated to Louisiana but when the she arrived in Louisiana, the residents refused her because they had already gotten a hint on her sickness, and when she was turned away, she died on her way back to Monrovia.
With the number of confirmed death from the disease in Liberia rising, many citizens are afraid to take their family members suspected of Ebola to health facilities in the Country, because health workers are turning them away.