Via FrontPageAfrica, a horror story: Ebola Tragedy in Nimba: Family Loses Nine as Disease Spreads. Excerpt:
A single family in the LPMC community in Ganta, Nimba County has been badly hit by the deadly Ebola virus. The family’s woes started when an 18-month-old child, Baby Emmanuel became sick and died and no one knew the cause of death.
The mother of the child also became sick and died and other members of her family who came in close contact with them started to get sick until a house full of people became sick with the same signs and symptoms.
The family tried taking some members, who were sick to the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, but health workers at the hospital, who were afraid that they might get infected, refused them on arrival and so the other family members took the sick home to watch them die one by one.
The family is now afraid more people will die as all the deaths have been traced to the deadly Ebola virus and the authorities are still slow to act to quarantine the area.
“We have lost nine members of our family. We are very devastated. On August 14, we lost a little boy. He was showing signs of the disease; he had rashes on his face hands and body. He died and was buried by family members,” said Edith Woo a member of the family who resides in the United States of America.
Woo expressed fear she might lose more family members to the deadly disease if steps are not taken to do the right thing by isolating the sick. She said the county’s health team came to the home, when the little boy was sick and told the family it was nothing to worry about and that it was just measles. She said the team instructed the family to bury the child after his death.
“The health team came and instructed the family to bury the boy because they said it was measles, so he was buried by family members,” she said.
“On the 16th of August my sister died and on the 17th my aunt died. These bodies were in the house for three and a half days. They will tell you they are coming, but they do not show up. They promised to come test the family, but never came and everybody in the house were showing signs.”
She said several days passed and the health team did not show up, even though the family made numerous calls to them and as the response became slower, more people died and even more got infected with the deadly virus. She said when the health team finally showed up to test for Ebola, all results of seven persons came out positive and on the same day there was one more death.
“They took a blood test of seven people and everybody turned out to be positive. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, people died,” she said as another member of her family who lives in Monrovia begged the media to help the family call on the government to come to their aid to stop the spread of the disease to other members of the family.
“My sister was taken to the Ganta Methodist Hospital before she died, but the health workers refused her when they saw her condition, so she came home and died,” said Alice Appleton, a resident of Monrovia and another sister of the dead woman whose baby is at the epicenter of the spread of the deadly virus. “All these bodies were in the house with the living. They came on Saturday and removed the bodies.”
Yah Zolia, Deputy Minister, Planning, Research and Development Ministry of Health and currently assigned to Nimba County by the Incidence Manager/MOHSW as Technical Assistant told FrontPageAfrica that currently there is no Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) or holding center for the isolation of people infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Ganta or Sanniquellie, even though evidence shows that isolation of cases can break the transmission.