By Edwin G. Wandah
Fresh report has revealed a new center opened for Ebola patients at the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville outside Monrovia, with one patient in critical condition admitted.
When this paper visited the ELWA Hospital over the week, several persons were seen whispering and grumbling over the recent news of a center being erected in the hospital, something they referred to as worrisome and dangerous, especially, to a community that is very congested with an average of hundreds and more persons seeking medical attention at that hospital on a daily basis.
Some residents even feared that the situation may escalate looking at the content of the disease itself, being one of the deadly killer diseases just reaching Liberia and the limited medical equipments being provided to nurses and health workers as safe gears to use.
One of the ladies who preferred anonymous told the INQUIRER that it was not bad to have an Ebola center at the hospital, but frowned on the location of the center that it was close to the laboratory of the ELWA Hospital and the Nurses Station of the same hospital, where several visitors and family members come in and out on a daily basis for various reasons.
A nurse, (name withheld) who led our reporter to the center that was erected, showed him tarpaulin structure built- walls, with several persons moving back and forth making the area very busy, and between the laboratory and the Nurses Station of the ELWA Hospital where the tent was then built, a white lady walked out of the tent, followed by another white man, all dressed in a usual hospital garment.
Recently, one person died from the same Ebola disease at the hospital, a case that was said to have been related to the lady that was reported at the Redemption Hospital. Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf has called on Liberians in the country to see the deadly Ebola virus as one that is dangerous and should be taken as an emergency.
The Liberian leader made the statement when she visited the Redemption Hospital in the Borough of New Kru Town where there was a renewed reported outbreak of the Ebola virus.