Via The New Dawn: Ebola suspect on Crown Hill. The man's treatment by local residents is disturbing.
An unidentified elderly man suddenly collapsed Tuesday in front of the (YMCA) on Crown Hill, in Monrovia under suspicion of being a victim of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease that has plagued Liberia with the death toll at nearly 300.
The victim, believed to be in his mid 60s, was lying helpless and unconscious, breathing very little.
The Monrovia City Police along with an Ebola crew from the James Davies Memorial Hospital in Nee-Zoe community later arrived on the scene with an ambulance.
According to residents of the Crown Hill community, the unidentified old man had been in the community for about two days. Some residents told this paper that he vomited on the dump site and was very frail.
They expressed fear that he might have contracted the Ebola virus, so he was deserted with no attempt made to take him to the hospital, awaiting response from the authorities.
However, youths in the community decided to place his badly emaciated body in the street, obstructing the free flow of traffic as a strategy to attract attention of family members and the government.
But despite being put on public display, no relative came by to identify him up to the arrival of a mobile Ebola team with the ambulance. City Police, responsible for dead or living abandoned bodies in the streets, diverted traffic from Broad Street to Carey and Macdonald streets in the city center.
Ambulance from the James Davies Memorial Hospital in Nee-zoe community in Paynesville subsequently arrived with two men, who took almost an hour to dress in protective garments (Ebola suits) before handling the victim.
They sprayed his legs and hands in a bid to disinfect contact areas on his body, which enabled them to put him on board the ambulance and subsequently disinfected the entire area before taking off.
The authorities here had instructed the public and community residents to immediately report suspected cases or victims of the Ebola virus, including dead bodies to health officials for prompt action to avoid further spread of the disease.