Crowds Protest Over EBOLA Center At ELWA

By Edwin G. Wandah

Angry residents in ELWA, a suburb of Paynesville, yesterday barricaded one of the main entrances of the ELWA Hospital in the Community, protesting against the erection of EBOLA Center in the compound of the ELWA Hospital.

The residents, mainly, women, men and youths were seen in their numbers with posters and placards at the entrance of the ELWA Hospital’s first entrance protesting that the deadly disease, EBOLA should not be sheltered in the community. “EBOLA is evil; it should not be built in this community,” the residents chanted.

When this Paper visited the scene of the protest action, it observed that the protesters were unhappy and frustrated over the Government of Liberia and its partners’ desire to build an EBOLA Center in the community.

Some of them believe that the action to have an EBOLA Center in Montserrado County was not bad, but another area should have been selected on the outskirt of Montserrado instead of their congested communities.

Shortly after the arrival of District 6 Representative, Edwin M. Snowe, and as the crowd grew bigger they demanded the immediate intervention of Representative Snowe, while, some of them were seen in tears as they cried that the EBOLA situation may affect them one way or the other.

Our reporter who was on the scene vividly saw a group of protesters gathering in their numbers with some of them using profane languages against almost everybody, the Government of Liberia, Samaritan Purse, and even ELWA Hospital, as well as Rep. Snowe for allowing an Ebola Center to be erected in the community.

The Deputy Director of SIM at the Compound of the ELWA Hospital, Joseph F. Wankollie said it was the ELWA Hospital’s own way of identifying with the ELWA Community and the Government of Liberia in contributing to curtail the deadly EBOLA outbreak.

On the protest action by some residents, the SIM Deputy Director said it was not good for community members to embark on protest action, especially, what will benefit them. He said several communities in Montserrado County do not have centers for EBOLA patients.

He noted that the center when built, will host patients in Montserrado County and parts adjacent and boost the efforts of the Government to save of people infected with the virus.