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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:17 pm 
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On Saturday a crowd of several hundred people chanting, "No Ebola in West Point," broke through the gates of the isolation center. A woman who had been in quarantine with her family left the facility.
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A sick child was carried from the center as the crowd watched. Many in the crowd said they believe the Enola epidemic is a hoax.
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A wome argued with local residents as she tried to convince them that the epidemic is real.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:19 pm 
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The burial team from the Liberian health department proayed before entering a house to remove the body of a woman suspected of dying of Ebola. Workers wearing protective clothing are retrieving bodies from all over Monrovia, the capital, where the spread of the highly contageous virus has been called a catastrophic.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:25 am 
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DANGER LURKS IN MONROVIA: EBOLA PATIENTS FLEE W. POINT ISOLATION

Written by FPA Staff Report
Published: 16 August 2014
Monrovia-Concerns continue to mount over the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s handling of the Ebola virus heightening fears that the virus could spread faster than expected in Liberia.

In the West Point community Saturday, seventeen (17) suspected and some confirmed Ebola patients escaped an isolation center late in the evening.

Sam Tarplah, a registered nurse who is managing the self-initiative isolation center early Saturday morning took journalists on a tour of a facility where the positive Ebola patients were being kept in isolation.

From a concrete fence and a building with half transparent windows, the Ebola patients are visibly seen at the center with those who are a little stronger communicating loudly.

“I have been here one week, one shouted; your bring us food”, he said, refusing to call his name. Nurse Tarplah told reporters that some of the people kept at the center at the MV Massaquoi School were diagnosed positive and told to be in isolation at home because of insufficient space at the ELWA isolation center.

Tarplah said knowing the risk the presence of these Ebola positive patients will cause the community when they at home, he decided to keep them in one location though not in the same room.

According to him, there were a total of 29 persons that the center but nine had died over the last few days. A day ago, he said one of the patient very weak, fell on his forehead and died.

Patient Flees

He said on Friday, a lady from Bardnersville who brought food for her husband and a son, two of them Ebola positive, became angry when she was not allowed entry and as such some residents of West Point, assisted her in erecting sticks on the wall of the fence where the man and his son escaped.

Late Saturday night, the remaining 17 left the isolation center assisted by angry residents of the West Point Community.

Tarplah said a group of people overwhelmed the center chanting slogans such as “NO Ebola, Ellen broke, she want more money; she lying about Ebola” and helped the 17 patients to leave the center.

Tarplah said his vehicle was partly damaged by the group some of whom are against the establishment of such center in their community.

“I am on my way to Ministry of Health right now, the people came and opened the place with force, they even spoiled my car”, Tarplah said.

The medical humanitarian group Samaritan Purse experienced similar resistance in the ELWA community when they tried to expand the treatment and containment center at the facility, forcing the group to abandon their plans to widen the scope of their work in the area.

The West Point Community is densely populated and Assistant Health Minister for Curative and Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyeswah said Thursday that the Health Ministry has planned to quarantine the entire community to prevent people from moving in and out.

“We will soon quarantine West Point, we are trying to get food and other needs before we effect the action”, Nyeswah said.

As the news of quarantining the area spreads, residents have become angry over the planned action and have been threatening to resist.

On Saturday morning some West Point residents, mainly youths were remaking threatening remarks “We will not move around, your come try it, your will see; your want make money out of West Point, let see”.

West Point, located on a peninsula which juts out into the Atlantic between the Mesurado and St. Paul Rivers is home to approximately 75,000 people and is easily one of Monrovia's most densely populated neighborhoods hampered by overpopulation and a host of diseases.

The community’s problems have been crippled by the lack of proper sanitation, public toilets. A UN report estimates that there are four public toilets in the area and while some sections of the area have paid public toilets, many cannot afford, forcing resident to use the surrounding areas to ease themselves.

Outside West Point, several communities around Monrovia are also going through tough patches.

Sick patients have been pleading for more than a week to get medical teams assistance but many of those pleads are falling on deaf ears as bodies are taking longer to be collected.

In the 5th Street Community in Sinkor, a body lasted three days before community dwellers staged a protest blocking the main Tubman Boulevard Road to claim the attention of health authorities on Thursday.

On the Capitol Bye Pass, the wife of Aloysius Mulbah, now a former employee of the General Auditing Commission, Konah Kupee said her late husband had been calling health workers since Thursday last week but to avail until he died a week later, on Friday August 15 before the health team arrived to take his blood specimen.

Konah told FrontPageAfrica that she has been attending to her sick husband since Thursday last when he got critically ill repeatedly calling health authorities to take him only to receive numerous promises.

Calls on Deaf Ears

“My husband called, I called, his brothers called, aunties, we all called on different numbers but nobody has been able to come so when the sickness got serious, we have to leave him in the room and he has been crying there but since 5 am this morning no sound, so I do not know what is happening to him” Konah narrated.
Mulbah was later confirmed dead on Friday afternoon and according to family sources, his result has shown positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Mulbah had a few weeks ago attended the burial ceremony of an Uncle, Santo Mulbah along with other family members.

In the Mount Barclay community, one resident informed FrontPageAfrica late Saturday that they are planning a protest action come Sunday to draw the attention of the Health Ministry toward uncollected bodies in their community. Another family member who formed part of the burial died three days before Aloysius death.

The resident, Shedrick Bettie said over 13 deaths have occurred in the area over the last one week days with seven critically ill and some of the bodies remain uncollected for more than two days now.
According to the World Health Organization, the latest toll climbed has climbed to 1,069. Several international airlines have already cancelled flights with Kenya Airways becoming the latest.

Compounding the dilemma are mounting criticisms of the government which was quoted by the Associated Press Friday as having spent $US12 million (nine million euros) in tackling the Ebola outbreak between April and June, and looks set to spend much more in the coming weeks. Many Liberians are unsure how that much money was spent with so many bodies piling up and residents’ anger growing by the day.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:43 am 
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ABC slide show of West Point islation center which includes some of the slides and patients in NY Times piece

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It appears a humanitarian disaster of epic proportions is unfolding there. :(


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 12:50 am 
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It appears a humanitarian disaster of epic proportions is unfolding there. :(

Looks like a tipping point.

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