A Chinese team building a hundred bed Ebola Treatment Unit in Paynesville has been complained to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for “shutting off” power and water supplies to counterparts that are also building another 200-bed capacity ETU at the SKD Sports Stadium in the same community.
But President Sirleaf has told Mr. Liangquan Fu, Managing Director for CICO’s West Africa Headquarters that the Chinese team should cooperate with its colleagues as one team because they are doing the same work for the same people.
During President Sirleaf visit at ETUs in Monrovia Tuesday, November 18, 2014, a local architect working on the World Food Program ETU that will be run by IRC and German Red Cross, Mr. Bennie D. Tickey, said UNICEF “is exploring digging another well” after being shut off by the Chinese.
“We want you to negotiate because they say you cut their water off; you cut the light off. They had people sleeping in an empty place; you say no they must move. You need to cooperate – one team because the same work you are doing for the same people; that are the same objective, so your need to work together,” the Liberian leader urged the Chinese.
As at Tuesday, November 18, ELWA -2 said it had 27 Ebola confirmed patients and seven persons with negative results; while at the MSF run unit at ELWA, there were up to 25 patients. “We rehabilitated the 900-KVA generator for the Stadium; after we did that, the Chinese crew shut us off and removed our connection,” Mr. Tickey complained on Tuesday.
He said they are not connected to the Liberia Electricity Corporation public lines as well as the Water and Sewer, while the Chinese have on the other hand, cut off their lines from the well and generator at the stadium.
Mr. Tickey complained that the Chinese have shut them off from using rooms given them by the Ministry of Youth and Sports at the Stadium, including latrines in which they had initially gone to ease themselves.
Meanwhile, China said it will hand over a hundred bed capacity ETU on November 25 at SKD Sports Stadium; while the WFP 200-bed capacity ETU is expected to be opened this weekend, according to Mr. Tickey. President Sirleaf has asked the public to keep on with the preventive measures until Liberia achieves zero case of Ebola.