By Edwin G. Wandah
Officials of Medicine Sans Frontier has alarmed over the increase of new cases of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.
Speaking at a press conference in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, officials of Medicine Sans Frontier (MSF) commented on the limited space at the ELWA Ebola Center which cannot contain the several cases brought to the center on a daily basis.
Laurence Sailly, MSF-Liberia ELWA-3 Emergency Coordinator during the interview said, Liberia’s case is different from the entire Mano River Union Basin. According to her, the ELWA-3 facility which was opened since Monday, August 18, 2014, has about 140 beds, 360 local Liberian staff members and 55 International staff members.
“There were 489 patients to care for and 51 persons already recovered from the deadly Ebola virus and both the local and International staff members of the facilities are working overnight to see how best they can curb the virus in the country,” Madam Sailly stated.
The ELWA-3 facility Boss said, other projects in Monrovia are being exerted to help provide efficiency and increase the capacity of the center. Currently according to MSF-Liberia, about 400 Liberians have been trained and are carrying out door to door voluntary messages to help prevent the virus across Monrovia.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Calver Mission Community, Mr. Anthony Kpan, has also alarmed over the limited space in accepting patients at the MSF ELWA-3 Center in ELWA.
According to Mr. Kpan, recently, some suspected cases of patients believed to be having the Ebola virus were denied entry to the center due to what the Studio Junction Community Chairman called lack of enough space to host the patients.
Speaking to newsmen, Mr. Kpan said, Community residents in the area expressed over what appeared like a complete drama when sick persons who were brought to the facility were denied only because there was no enough space at that facility to take them in.
He however lauded the International staff of MSF, including Representative Snowe and the Government of Liberia for little effort being put in place to curb the emergency cases that has been brought to the center.
Mr. Kpan is meanwhile calling on both local and International NGO’s to respond urgently to the calls of MSF-Liberia to save lives. Several persons living within the vicinity of the ELWA treatment center are also calling on the Government of Liberia to respond urgently to the call of MSF-Liberia to avoid the recurrence of the last week’s episode which left the community vulnerable.
Speaking to this paper, the residents said, most of the sick persons that were turned down slept in the community and seriously imposed fear amongst community dwellers.
The residents are also calling on Hon. Edwin M. Snowe to at least provide them with those preventive materials like soap, bleaches, chlorine, clorox and buckets to help prevent the rapid spread of the Ebola virus in the community.