An eleven years old boy on Friday August 8th 2014, has been taken to Kailahun after being identified Ebola positive at Freetown’s Ola During Children's Hospital. According to medical personnel speaking to this media, the boy exhibited all the signs of Ebola.
We were also informed that the boy's parents had already died of Ebola. It was revealed the boy ran away upon the death of his parents only to late fall ill and be admitted at the Ola During Children's Hospital with full blown Ebola disease symptoms.
However, nurses attached to the Ola During Hospital, lament they have still not got supplies of protective gears.
"The danger is we are not protected, we are taking a big risk; who knows if we are all not now infected ourselves especially the nurses who attended to the boy. Now, we will have to treat all patients as suspected cases to save our own lives. The Health Ministry needs to supply all medical personnel whether in the Children's ward or wherever we attend to patients," a nurse lamented adding, "We may not know who is infected and so treating patients now is a risk. Only God will save us, as we continue to risk our lives in this manner!”
Another nurse of the same hospital also passionately appealed to Health Ministry to provide protective gears to them all, noting they want to serve humanity but if they are not adequately protected, they will become infected with Ebola and they do not want to die.
In another development, Dr. Modupeh Cole on same Friday 8th August was confirmed to be infected with the Ebola virus. He has been taken to Kailahun Treatment Center. Dr. Cole, it has been learnt, was overseeing the Out-patients isolation unit for suspected Ebola cases at the Connaught Hospital, Freetown’s major referral hospital.
Cole had been attending Ebola patients from whom it is believed he contracted the virus. His house has been quarantined and food aid supplied to his isolated relatives.