Via FrontPageAfrica, a discouraging report: 20K Forecast Within Reach? Ebola Patients Abandoned in Liberia. Excerpt:
Recently contested comments by the World Health Organization cautioning that that over 20,000 people could potentially be infected before the outbreak is over could be showing signs of possibility and Liberia could bear the bulk of those numbers if the government does not address pressing medical and humanitarian concerns, a FrontPageAfrica investigation has gathered.
It is important to note that the WHO has said that nearly 40% of the cases have been identified in the past 3 weeks. The government of Liberia has said that it will not budge and is insisting that it can handle the crisis.
Speaking last Saturday when she visited the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata City, Margibi County, just after witnessing the discharging of a Congolese Doctor Sengo Omeoga, and a Liberian Physician Assistant, Kandy Kobah, who survived treatment at the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville, Sirleaf averred: "I do not accept the prediction of some of the partners that say ten thousand, twenty thousand people will die, no! Say no to that. Tell them that may be, their arithmetic projection, but we will solve Ebola so that we do not have those kind of people dying. That's our challenge; that's our responsibility; that's our commitment that we must make to ourselves to prove them wrong," said the Liberian leader.
"There's nobody that cares more for people than the people themselves," said President Sirleaf, stressing, the fact that Liberian doctors and nurses and health practitioners are taking care of their people, it shows that "We need to give them the support so that they can continue to do the good work."
To the government's credit, the team at ELWA2 has been successful in nursing 51 Ebola patients back to health, although the numbers are far from Sierra Leone which has treated successfully, 250 patients.
A tour of a number of facilities in the past few days showed more and more people are contracting the virus but are being abandoned. Visibly ailing Ebola suspected patients can be seen roaming the streets or lying on the side of road ways because the government simply have not been able to build enough units to treat them.
In the past few days, at least two suspected cases fled isolation facilities. One was captured in a market place in Monrovia and another died shortly after fleeing the unity at JFK Thursday.
At the ELWA facility Friday, a number of patients could be seen lying in front of the gate of the treatment center because they have been turned away.
Outside Monrovia the situation is even worse. Most counties lack adequately-equipped facilities to handle cases and most have to be brought down to Monrovia where spaces are limited and not available at all. Health authorities are overwhelmed with collecting Ebola patients and bodies from in the area.
The call centers are also out of sync with volunteers and workers unhappy over unpaid wages. Nurses at the premiere John F. Kennedy Medical Center who have been idled since the outbreak reached its peak have yet to be paid their wages and hospital administrators, FrontPageAfrica has learned, have said there are no funds to bring them back to work.