Patients Abandon Redemption Hospital…For Fear of Falling Victim To The Ebola Virus
By Jefferson D. Tweh
Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town which caters to hundreds of people has been allegedly abandoned by hospital employees for fear of contacting the deadly Ebola disease, which recently killed a nurse at the hospital. The General Administrator of the Redemption Hospital, Mr. Dominic W. Rennie, disclosed that health workers, nurses and doctors are committed to serving patients at all times in the hospital but more patients are refusing to go to the hospital and get medical treatment because of Ebola outbreak.
In an exclusive interview with this paper yesterday, Mr.Rennie explained that last month one of the nurses died as a result of the deadly disease Ebola, predicated upon that some people blamed the Management of the Redemption Hospital being responsible for the deadly disease.
“M y brother you will not believe it; some people came at the Redemption Hospital and took away their patients, ”Mr.Rennie said.
Mr. Rennie told this paper that since the Ebola issue started, only few patients can go to the hospital for medical treatment while the majority of the patients refuse to go to the hospital for medical treatment.
Mr. Rennie added that despite the fear of Ebola issue at the Hospital, the Management is also constructing a cholera unit center to help save thousands of lives in the country.
However, Mr. Rennie averred that information circulating in the Liberian Media that the Redemption Hospital has closed down, and that the health workers, doctors, and nurses are not catering to patients, is false. He said the information is a strategy designed by some individuals just to tarnish the good image of the Institution. He stated that the administration of the Redemption Hospital will continue to demonstrate its commitment and provide medical care to patients and make sure that patients’ lives are saved.
Mr.Rennie narrated that health workers, nurses and doctors are always at work at Redemption Hospital catering and saving patients’ lives on a daily basis without any nonchalant attitude exhibited.
Mr. Rennie is urging people who are sick not to abandon hospitals and clinics because healthcare is a necessity and should not be ignored.
Meanwhile, the president of the National Physician Assistants Association of Liberia, Mr. Jerry Kollie, yesterday said on a local station that his members are prepared and willing to work, but that there is a need for protection. “Our members are willing to work, but they must be protected,” he pointed out.
The Association’s leader called for collective effort to curtail the spread of the disease. He said contributions should not only come from the government but from other sources to combat the virus.