Via FrontPageAfrica: Sawyer Widow Cites Poor Healthcare for Hubby Misjudgment. Excerpt:
There are unanswered questions lingering about the travel of Patrick Sawyer, now a former consultant at the Ministry of Finance who left Liberia days after his sister, Princess died as a result of the deadly Ebola virus, landing in Nigeria accordingly to attend an ECOWAS conference with some claiming that he escaped isolation camp and others that he was never on a watch list but the latest in the several reasons for his trip comes from his wife who has said she knows more about her husband than any other including the late Sawyer himself.
Mrs. Decontee K. Sawyer, widow of the late Patrick O. Sawyer has disclosed that the poor health care delivery system in Liberia coupled with filths at hospitals and other medical facilities prompted her husband to seek refuge in Nigeria, with the hope of getting better medical attention but his decision turned otherwise. Decontee says her husband had told her that he did not trust the health care delivery system in Liberia, where in instances, patients are misdiagnosed and end up getting the wrong treatment.
Said Decontee, “I knew Patrick better than anybody else (including himself). He had told me many times in the past how much he didn't trust the Liberian health care system. He would tell me about how a person would get checked in for one thing, and get misdiagnosed and get the wrong treatment as a result. On top of that, Patrick was a clean freak, and told me how filthy a lot of the hospitals were”.
Patrick ran from Broken health care system
The widow has described the health care delivery system as broken lamenting that previous governments and the current headed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have all failed to help fix the system.
“I write today, not simply because of Patrick, but because of the broken health care system in the Liberia, and the government's inability under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (and other past Presidents) to fix it. Good doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers aren't given the support they need to save lives”, Decontee laments.
According to Decontee although her late husband did not say it to her, but she believes he was determined to get better medical attention from Nigeria but things turned out the wrong way for him.
“He didn't tell me this, but I know in my heart of hearts that Patrick was determined to get to Nigeria by all means because he felt that Nigeria would be a place of refuge. He has expressed to me many times in the past that he felt passionately about helping to be a part of strengthening the Liberia's healthcare system, but he knew it wasn't there yet, and he wouldn't want to take a chance with his life because a lot of people depended on him... "