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Old 08-14-2014, 02:57 PM   #51
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http://allafrica.com/stories/201408140824.html

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Monrovia — As part of its intervention in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, the opposition Liberty Party has donated the sum of US$5,000.00 to two humanitarian organizations working in Liberia to combat the Ebola disease. The Samaritan Purse and the Red Cross are expected to receive US$2, 500.00 each, the Chairman of the party told reporters Wednesday at a news conference.

According to Atty. J. Fonati Koffa, after the outbreak of the Ebola virus the party immediately began consultations with its USA chapter, which resulted in the establishment of a special Ebola coordination task force of the Liberty that will be jointly co-chaired by former Nimba County Superintendent Edith Gongloe Weh and Montserrado county Senatorial candidate Benjamin Sanvee.

The two officials of the party will work in coordination with the party's USA branch headed by Mr. Philip Suah in putting together in the coming days the party's sustained coordination efforts that will rapidly assist the Ebola fight.

Said: Atty. Koffa: "Let us say several things to the Liberian people. We are in the midst of a serious national crisis. We must take it seriously. First, there are individual things you can do and there are individual things you must do."
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Struggling with the bodies

On the way to the extension I cross the outdoor area, where body bags are lying on the ground. The morgue is full. It can only hold six bodies so now we are leaving the dead outside.

The burial teams can’t keep up. I turn the corner and find a dead man in the door-way to the extension. Looks like he crawled there. Wonder what will be inside.

I enter, take in the scene and stop to look back at Sara, who has yet to see what lies before me. She said later she knew it would be bad from my eyes. Now I know why those women had left the room. It could be a scene from a horror film.

In this room, four patients have died and some of them have bled profusely. Blood has mixed with chlorine and faeces on the floor. We struggle to get the bodies into the bags. One hygienist leaves after bagging the first body, the second after bagging the second body.

The remaining hygienist will only hold the chlorine spray, so Sara and I clear the people’s belongings which will have to be burnt. The final two bodies defeat us and we move to the decontamination area.

The team that enters will have to complete the task – the possibility of fainting from heat exhaustion is high and dangerous."
Just reading this leaves me feeling sick in the pit of my stomach....... And heart broken.

Death is a given in life, but it's the manner and way of death that can leave a person fearful and desperate. I can't imagine the horror of a person, especially a care giver, to know they've been exposed ....... They've seen the end for those they're treated and the process, even for those who manage to survive, is the stuff of nightmares.......
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Yes, I'm haunted by an account I read over at PFI where the cries of a young girl filled a mostly deserted village. She was crying out for food and water while locked inside a house with her mother who died of ebola. Her cries eventually stopped.

I would like to think that this was nothing more than propaganda, but I can't quite do it. My heart bleeds for those suffering from both ebola and from the effects of a crumbling infrastructure. We NEED to make supply drops into quarantined areas!
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AndreaCA, I read that too, but I thought it too hard to believe that her 15yo brother would not tend to her considering he himself had survived the Ebola and was immune.

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Liberia: Monrovia Declare Ebola Epic-Center

By Winston W. Parley

The co-chair of the national Ebola task force, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, says as a matter of coordinating county and district efforts in the Ebola fight, "Monrovia has been turned into a center all by itself," due to the incidents of infections in certain areas of the capital.

During a consultative meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday, August 14, the task force heard that more cases were still emerging in Monrovia as Bomi citizens are trying to by-pass the Clay Checkpoint to enter Monrovia.

Though minister Dukuly reported that Lofa, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties have already been quarantined "with some success," he said he has begun engaging the military and police to extend the checkpoint at St. Paul Bridge because Bomi citizens are trying to by-pass the checkpoint in Clay to enter the capital.

For his part, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, proposed a routine screening of people at community levels because Monrovia is a highly congested area. He fears that if there is an outbreak in very congested areas like Soniwhein, Clara Town and West Point, it poses a very serious problem for Monrovia.

Mr. Samukai proposed further that the West Point and Duala Markets be completely shut down to restrict movements in these areas, but other members of the task force feared it could pose economic problems. The defense boss insists that there is no way West Point and Duala can be isolated without closing the market there, saying "if you can't contain, you can't resolve."

He said one problem being faced is that religious people in the affected counties, especially Lofa, adding that the "Islamic faith" is not listening and respecting Ebola preventive measures. Liberia's Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah said Ebola had in the past been dealt with in rural areas of those countries that had the experience.
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FIVE BODIES FOUND IN WEST POINT TOWNSHIP

By: Winnie Dixon (Intern)
DATE UPLOADED: AUG 13, 2014

MONROVIA, August 13 (LINA) - Residents of the Township of West Point, the largest slum in the Liberian capital Monrovia, were shocked by the discovery of five dead bodies with symptoms of the Ebola virus in their community.

West Point is a low income community with a heavily congested population of both Liberians and foreign nationals who eke out their living from fishing and petty trading as well as employment in government.

According to Montserrado County District #7 Representative Solomon George, even though a near violent situation was put under control Wednesday morning, there are still pressing issues to be addressed by the National Task Force on Ebola in responding to calls from communities arriving at the same time.

He named those concerns as the need to increase the number of burial and spraying teams, treatment units, ambulances and adequate compensation for health workers to effectively dispose of dead bodies in the communities.

Rep. George told the Liberia News Agency that as a result of the gravity of the Ebola virus, a special meeting would be convened between officials of the district and the General Service Agency Director General, Madam Mary Broh, to discuss modalities to help contain the disease in the Township.

The Representative said the U.S. Center for Disease Control experts in Liberia have alarmed that at least 20,000 persons could die of the virus in the country if things are not handled properly in a more robust and timely fashion.
http://www.liberianewsagency.org/pagesnews.php?nid=2130
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So if 20,000 die of the virus, and 4-5 times that die from lack of medical treatment for other medical issues, starvation, etc. - a got 100,000 dead people...... that sounds realistic
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38 Deaths In 3 Days: Ebola Wreaks Havoc In Lofa

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 09:01
By: William Q. Harmon


The Ebola virus is taking a deadly toll on the northern county of Lofa where the deadly disease initially crossed over from neighboring Guinea. More and more people in that county continue to be victimized by the virus.

In a statistical report provided by the Lofa Health Team on the status of the situation in the county, made available to the Daily Observer Wednesday, August 13, there were 38 deaths recorded in three days. These include confirmed Ebola cases, probable and suspected. This report covers the three-day period August 8 to 11, 2014. The number of new contact cases within this period (August 8-11) stands at 81.

The total deaths in the county since May 29, 2014 to date stands at 221. Lofa is so far one of the most highly affected counties.

The update also disclosed that the number of patients presently at the Foya Care Center (August 8-11), one of the two Ebola centers in the country, stands at 81.

New reported death amongst health workers (August 8-11) is one, totaling 12 deaths since the outbreak in May.

During this period, 45 specimens were taken and tested: 15 were positive, 8 negative and the rest are still pending.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently said she is saddened by the fast pace at which the virus is spreading in the country, especially to other communities that were not previously affected. “And what this means is that our people are still not listening to the pieces of advice and instructions that are being given.” Such instructions include constant hand washing; avoiding handshakes and touching in general; immediate reporting of cases of high fever, vomiting and bleeding; and avoiding touching anyone suspected to have the virus.
http://www.liberianobserver.com/news...aks-havoc-lofa
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Nurses Use 3 thermometers on THOUSANDS
http://www.liberianobserver.com/news...ters-thousands
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Default Police Threaten To Desert ‘Ebola Fight’

Police Threaten To Desert ‘Ebola Fight’

This was predictable.....

http://www.liberianobserver.com/news...88381481237582


By the way, this is the big paper in Liberia....

---------- Post added at 07:16 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:14 PM ----------

The "Real" problem (read the comments section!):

http://www.liberianobserver.com/news...88381481237582
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Who can blame these officers? No equipment - not even the most basic stuff to TRY & ensure a minimal level of safety.
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Straight from Pixie over at PFI:
West Point it the massive slum in Monrovia, Liberia.

The ELWA isolation center is the hospital at which Dr. Brantley and Nancy Writebol worked.

No Food For Ebola Victims…West Point, Dolo Town To Be Quarantined

Posted on August 15, 2014
By Morrison O. G. Sayon
http://monroviainquirer.com/2014/08/...e-quarantined/

Amidst positive news of the survival of persons affected by the Ebola virus, latest report says victims at the ELWA Ebola Isolation Center are leaving the camp due to lack of food.

Disclosing this at the National Ebola Task Force Meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia yesterday, Health Minister, Walter Gwenigale, said he had received several calls from the center that the people are hungry and need food.

According to Dr. Gwenigale, based on this latest report, most of the victims are now leaving the center which is a major threat to several communities in which those leaving are going. “I’m getting calls every day of the lack of food; the people say they are hungry and I understand that there is food there but I’m getting these calls every minute,” Liberia’s Health Minister Gwenigale said.

In quick clarification, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, said food is available at the various Isolation Camps but those who are making the calls may need special diet. Nyenswah said the victims are being provided meal three times daily adding that the callers are the higher-ups who may need special kind of diet.

Minister Nyenswah promised that an investigation will be launched into the complaint by the Ebola victims and solution be found in addressing the issue. He also disclosed that the Ministry of Health has received seven tons of food from the World Health Organization (WHO) for those quarantined at the various isolation centers.

At the same time, the Presidential Task Force on Ebola is considering quarantining the densely populated community of West Point in Monrovia and Dolo Town in Margibi County. West Point is a slum populated community with an estimated population of over 20,000 inhabitants, while in Dolo Town report says at least 25 persons have died due to strange circumstances.

At the meeting yesterday, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf proposed to the Task Force the isolation of West Point and Dolo Town. The two highly populated communities have reported high rate of Ebola deaths in recent times. The task force is also considering the closing of the Waterside General Market to stop affected persons from leaving the community.

Due to the rapid spread of Ebola in the country, the Ministry of Health opened one holding center in a household in West Point on Wednesday. The Ministry is planning to open2-3 more in the next few days based upon protocols designed by MSF and the Case management team, to isolate and hold patients before moving them to the JFK or ELWA.

President Sirleaf reasoned that to isolate West Point and densely populated areas is a difficult task but the Task Force must consider and study the situation before making final decision on the issue. At the same time, the Task Force also wants the Duala Market to be cleared so as to avoid those in the Duala area from contracting the virus.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai has called on Government to begin taking some drastic measures to stop further spread of the Ebola virus that is killing hundreds of Liberians on a daily basis. Samukai said sternly that West Point must be quarantined with the closure of the market and that another densely populated area of Duala be cleared.

The Defense Minister said if these steps are not taken, the virus will continue to spread and claim more lives in the coming days and months. He added, “If you can’t contain those areas, you can’t resolve the problem.”

Other members of the Task Force are calling for the imposition of curfew to stop the movement of individuals in various communities. They also want Ebola message being played on radios to be changed as the right messages are not being sent out to the public.
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"Who's responsibility is it to remove the bodies?" (local arguments about subject)

http://www.liberianobserver.com/edit...responsibility

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STATEMENT ON THE EPIDEMIC FROM MSF INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT Dr. JOANNE LIU (Native born Canadian)
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Liberia

The situation is catastrophic and is deteriorating on daily in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. At one point last week, all five of the main hospitals in the city were closed. Some have since reopened but are barely functioning.
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“We have exhausted our available pool of experienced medical staff and cannot scale up our response any further,”

“We desperately need the WHO, countries, and other aid agencies to deploy staff to the field. We are Doctors Without Borders, but not without limits.”

MSF has recently launched a response in Liberia’s Lofa region, alongside the Guinean border, which has been badly affected by Ebola. In Foya, a team has rehabilitated the isolation center with 40 beds, in line with MSF standards for the management of the disease. After two weeks of intervention, the team currently has 137 Ebola patients in its care.
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http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/ne ... inadequate

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That's so sad.

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Mob Destroys Ebola Center In Liberia Two Days After It Opens

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Sick making, isn't it? I read through these articles last night; there were things I wanted to post but I'd had enough. Lucky me, I have the luxury of thinking: "Enough!" & taking a break. The desperate, beleaguered people of Liberia do not. Comments in no particular order:

Regarding post #49 - no ships, less & less air access. That's a tough one. I don't blame the Ivory Coast for wanting to keep any hint of Ebola away from their nation. But that leaves the problem of getting help INTO Liberia - can't ship in basic goods, never mind the huge amount of basic medical gear & possibly, personnel to try & get a grip on this outbreak. Trucks? During rainy season? Not to mention finding drivers willing to take the risk they won't be allowed back out, may lose their trucks...

#62 - the food issue really torqued me, especially this part:

***According to Dr. Gwenigale, based on this latest report, most of the victims are now leaving the center which is a major threat to several communities in which those leaving are going. “I’m getting calls every day of the lack of food; the people say they are hungry and I understand that there is food there but I’m getting these calls every minute,” Liberia’s Health Minister Gwenigale said.

In quick clarification, Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, said food is available at the various Isolation Camps but those who are making the calls may need special diet. Nyenswah said the victims are being provided meal three times daily adding that the callers are the higher-ups who may need special kind of diet.

Minister Nyenswah promised that an investigation will be launched into the complaint by the Ebola victims and solution be found in addressing the issue. He also disclosed that the Ministry of Health has received seven tons of food from the World Health Organization (WHO) for those quarantined at the various isolation centers.***


The Health Minister has been told there is food there but those in those centers are calling to tell him they're starving. Two possibilities - the food is... disappearing on the way to its intended destination or the 'higher ups' are trying to use whatever position of influence they thought they had to obtain better rations. Let them eat cake.

Then there's this - same post:

***Meanwhile, Defense Minister, Brownie Samukai has called on Government to begin taking some drastic measures to stop further spread of the Ebola virus that is killing hundreds of Liberians on a daily basis.***

HUNDREDS of Liberians on a daily basis??? If there's any truth to that, then indeed - the scope of the outbreak is vastly underestimated.

Sonny's post #64 - I'm of the opinion that in this case, catastrophe is not hyperbole.

On the clinic that had been opened being forced shut & looted. I'm going to respectfully disagree with NV on the disgust point - for now, at least. Here's how I see it. The nation, or many living there, are in profound denial. They have no reason to trust their own government or its agencies - the lack of information, misinformatioin & disinformation altogether, are staggering. The rest of the world is cutting them off - choking their very life. Loved ones, work mates, neighbours are dying. Their faith leaders & various community leaders all have different views about Ebola. It may be more comforting to choose to believe it doesn't exist, that it's another attempt at control & oppressioin by their government. Are we any better? I can give you a list of 30 web sites that insist this Ebola outbreak is a plot to depopulate the world, stp the next US elections, herd everyone into FEMA camps - etcetera. Frighteningly, too many so called, privileged, educated westerners believe it. I'm not going to get on the case of frightened Liberians for the same behaviours. If anything, they're way more justified in their beliefs - they've been there & done that.

As to the supplies being stolen? These people have next to nothing & may be completely cut off - these are items they can use, sell... they may keep their families alive in their minds.

Andrea, on the clinic specific thread, stated there is no way to control an outbreak under the conditions shown in the previous post by Ross. Unfortunately, she's right. You need every single person on board. They need to accept it's real, take the hard steps, often in spite of their government & even if there exists 100% co-operation, they can't do it alone.

I don't know what's going to happen. The current population is a bit over 4 million. The economy had essentially been destroyed by decades of corrupt governance. Monrovia was especially hard hit & now with the clinic being looted & the presumed sick being taken away, disappearing into the city...

this will not end well.
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Default Liberia quarantine creates 'plague villages' at Ebola epicentre

Grim reading - too many stark realities to easily digest, never mind solve:

*** To try to control the Ebola epidemic spreading through West Africa, Liberia has quarantined remote villages at the epicentre of the virus, evoking the "plague villages" of medieval Europe that were shut off from the outside world.

With few food and medical supplies getting in, many abandoned villagers face a stark choice: stay where they are and risk death or skip quarantine, spreading the infection further in a country ill-equipped to cope.

In Boya, in northern Liberia's Lofa County, Joseph Gbembo, who caught Ebola and survived, says he is struggling to raise 10 children under five years old and support five widows after nine members of his family were killed by the virus.

Fearful of catching Ebola themselves, the 30-year-old's neighbours refuse to speak with him and blame him for bringing the virus to the village.

"I am lonely," he said. "Nobody will talk to me and people run away from me." He says he has received no food or health care for the children and no help from government officials.


A health worker washes with disinfectant after dealing with people suspected of having the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia. The countryhas recorded more Ebola deaths, more than 400, than any of the other affected countries. (Abbas Dulleh/Associated Press)
Aid workers say that if support does not arrive soon, locals in villages like Boya, where the undergrowth is already spreading among the houses, will simply disappear down jungle footpaths.

"If sufficient medication, food and water are not in place, the community will force their way out to fetch food and this could lead to further spread of the virus," said Tarnue Karbbar, a worker for charity Plan International based in Lofa County....***

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To bring the question I asked in the Case counts thread to (probably) it's proper place-how can Liberia control its borders? And to tack on CS's post above, quarantine zones? It would take something the size, skill and equipment level of the US Army to be able to contain this properly-something the Liberian Army is not capable of... I'm not sure they could even hold a quarantine on a small village, and that's BEFORE factoring in bribes, etc.

As well, CS mentioned rumors about another big spike in cases starting around Aug. 25th or so... I can see that, and with the Ebola clinic ransacked in West Point, I can see another big spike around Sept. 1st, centered on West Point... I'm quite sure I would not want to be there when TSHTF... and it will...

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Franc = the case spike I referred to was me simply loking at when the West Point area clinic was ransacked - thought it was Friday night, then jumping forward 10 days or so.

I think YOUR estimate of case counts coming out of there around September 1st is probably more accurate for the following reasons - we can never be sure how long someone will incubate the disease. At what point MIGHT new cases resulting from the looting come to official attention in Liberia, then internationally?

I'm still pondering the whole 'solution' thingie & my pondering, so far today, has led me nowhere.
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Not good. Been hard enough to figure what is going on...

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CHRONICLE BARRICADED: TWO ARRESTED, PUL DENOUNCES CLOSURE

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Published: 15 August 2014


Monrovia - A few hours after Information Minister Lewis Brown issued an unexplained threat against journalists at a news conference in Monrovia, two persons have been arrested at The Chronicle Newspaper with the paper closed down.

Police barricaded the officers of the newspaper Thursday evening with the publisher locked in for several hours. A few hours later, the government forces sprayed tear gas into the building where the publisher Mr. Phillibert Brown was still taking refuge and forced their way into the building and arrested the two.

Speaking to FrontPageAfrica, Jallah Grayfield, Vice President of the Press Union of Liberia the umbrella organization for journalists, confirmed the action of the state security, the Liberia National Police. “The office of The Chronicle was barricaded today and sealed by the police, they moved in there, Mr. Brown and his staffs were removed from their office, we heard that the police used teargas but that is yet to be verified,” he said.

“But the police managed to force their way in and get Mr. Phillibert Brown out of his office and closed it up, currently he is not in his office, this is more or less a harassment of the media; if a journalist comes in conflict with the law the best thing to do is to take them to court.” Grayfield said the two arrested are Emmanuel Mensah, news editor and IT officer Emmanuel Logan and the offices of the paper were shut down by the police.
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Ebola crisis: Shoot-on-sight order in Ebola-wary Liberia
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Shoot-on-sight order in Ebola-wary Liberia
Liberia's armed forces have reportedly been given orders to shoot people trying to illegally cross the border from neighbouring Sierra Leone, which was closed to stem the spread of Ebola.

Soldiers stationed in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties, which border Sierra Leone, were to "shoot on sight" any person trying to cross the border, said deputy chief of staff, Colonel Eric Dennis, according to local newspaper the Daily Observer.

The order comes after border officials reported people continued to cross the porous border illegally.

Grand Cape Mount county had 35 known "illegal entry points," according to immigration commander Colonel Samuel Mulbah.

Illegal crossings were a major health threat, said Mulbah, "because we don't know the health status of those who cross at night".

Liberia closed its borders with Sierra Leone weeks ago in an attempt to contain the Ebola outbreak, which killed more than 1100 people in west Africa.
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I suppose "Shoot-on-Sight" deaths are collateral deaths? Sounds like the least threat they have is Ebola!
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The issue of other countries blocking trade with the affected countries raises an intriguing question - will other countries start thinking in terms of "it could be us someday that is blocked from importing food etc" and start looking or ways to return to self-sufficiency in essentials such as food?
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The issue of other countries blocking trade with the affected countries raises an intriguing question - will other countries start thinking in terms of "it could be us someday that is blocked from importing food etc" and start looking or ways to return to self-sufficiency in essentials such as food?
Based on past experience; I'd very much doubt it.

Did we, the US, become more self sufficient after the oil embargo of the 1970's? Nope.

And while with all our real and perceived problems with our government, it still functions better, than most governments in Africa. As well I would say that our having infrastructure, water, sewer, electric, is something that only a small percentage of those living in Africa, have.
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