Thanks to Margot Lochrenburg for sending the link to this report in the Premium Times: Ebola: Nigerian victims not receiving adequate treatment – Relatives. Excerpt:
The families and friends of quarantined Ebola patients have described the condition their relatives are being kept at the Mainland Hospital, Lagos as “inhumane” and lacking in basic essentials such as antiseptic liquid and toiletries.
A relative of one of the victims receiving treatment told PREMIUM TIMES that the condition is so bad that some of those receiving treatment for Ebola have contacted malaria at the isolation centre. He said family member and friends are the ones buying basic essentials such as toilet soaps and bleach.
The man, who did not want his name mentioned for fear his relative could be victimised, said the notion created by the Lagos State government that the patients are being properly catered for is a mere charade.
“If people see what’s happening here, nobody that has Ebola would come here. They would prefer to stay indoors and die,” he said.
“Lagos State government said they are taking care of the Ebola patients. But you need to visit where they are. When you do you would find out that the place is a rundown infrastructure. It doesn’t have a decent toilet. Some of them are there getting malaria. How can you be treating one sickness and getting another? Family members are having to buy things like toiletries, detergents. We are buying bleach for them to wash hands.
“They’ve been kept in one ward and share the same toilet. What happens to WHO standard that says each patient should be separated from the other? If people know that the government is doing this I don’t think anybody would want to come down here to quarantine them. Government says some of them are recovering, why is it that those recovering are in the same room with everybody who is sick?” he asked.
He questioned what the money released for the treatment by the government is being used for when they facility and patients lacks all basic essentials.
“Government says they are releasing money. Very soon we would hear that they spend so much billions during Ebola crisis but we are here and there is nothing on ground.”
Last Friday, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Media, Reuben Abati, said the President has ordered the immediate release of N1.9 billion “to execute a special intervention plan to tackle the Ebola outbreak.”
The relative said though the patients were separated according to sex on Thursday, the facilities in the new wards are nothing better than the old ward.