Via The New Dawn: Dead bodies litter in Nimba.
At least nine suspected Ebola dead bodies are left uncollected in several towns of Nimba County, as county health teams there reportedly struggled with a single vehicle for Ebola response, the NewDawn’s county correspondent says.
The tropical disease had claimed up to 1200 lives in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, with Liberia recording the highest death toll. The victims’ bodies were said to have been lying in various towns in Nimba County since Friday, August 15, but had not been collected by health workers up to Tuesday.
As at Tuesday evening, August 19, five dead bodies were in Small Ganta; one in Boe Community; two in the LPRC Community and one body in the LPMC Community, respectively.
The New Dawn’s correspondent says a city mayor complained that only one pickup assigned to the county health workers had carried another batch of dead bodies to Kamply, and had not returned.
County officials failed to address reporters Tuesday, despite assuring them that they would be briefed after an official meeting. At least 25 confirmed Ebola deaths were reported in the county in addition to 48 confirmed cases reported. However, there are claims that 150 suspected Ebola contacts are in the county, but with no report of being tracked by health workers.
Our correspondent says the 150 suspects are currently moving from one community to another, at the risk of many other innocent people who may have come in contact with them. Private burial teams are allegedly being compensated at least US$300 from county funds to bury each body, this paper has learned.