Via Hindustan Times: Ebola crisis: stranded Indian docs await govt help. Excerpt:
Four Indian doctors, who claimed they were being forced to treat Ebola patients against their will, knocked on the doors of the Indian embassy in Nigeria capital Abuja on Tuesday, but were yet to be offered help with their return home to India.
“We have been waiting outside the embassy without food since (Tuesday) morning, but there is no official word. We will not go back to the hospital, as they may push false charges against us to ensnare us in a legal tangle,” one of the doctors, Dinesh Kumar, told Hindustan — a sister publication of HT.
The four — Yogesh Chandra, Dinesh Kumar, Hemant Jingar, and Kapil Chouhan – have said the Primus Hospital in the Nigerian capital Abuja had taken away their passports and was forcing them to treat Ebola patients, a fact denied by the private medical facility. With the virus spreading across the country, they fear for their lives.
Indian doctors were forced to treat patients since local physicians – who were on a strike – refused to come back to work when the Ebola epidemic broke out, they claimed.
“They are not relieving doctors from other countries because of the shortage. Eleven Indian doctors are also involved in the strike,” Kumar said.
The doctors were stranded at the embassy without any official word when Hindustan last spoke to them late Tuesday.
Foreign ministry sources, however, told PTI the Indian high commissioner was in touch with them.
Indian government sources told HT on Monday that following the intervention of the Indian mission in Nigeria, the doctors had agreed to work in the hospital for a few more days and then leave the country.
This is the first I've heard that Ebola patients are being cared for in Abuja; I thought they were all in Lagos—which is an hour's flight time from Lagos, and nine hours' driving time.