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Infected family transferred to ELWA Hospital

A family of five infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Perry town, Brewerville, Montserrado County, has been quarantined in the Ebola treatment center at the ELWA Hospital in Paynesville outside Monrovia.

The household, 3 boys, 2 women and a child, were Wednesday taken to the ELWA hospital through the intervention of Montserrado County Representatives, William V. Dakel and Saah Joseph. The Ebola victims had been held at their home for more than a week in the Perry town community after they contracted the virus through contact with a dead female relative.

Family members told this paper that the deceased relative fell sick two weeks ago after the death of her son’s wife, who died of Ebola in the commercial district of Duala on Bushrod Island. They said after burying the deceased, some members of the family became very ill in the house, vomiting with blood having severe fever.

According to them, since the incident, they had tried to contact the Ebola respond team, but the team did not come until Sunday, 10 August however, it failed to take away the infected persons. On Wednesday morning, one of the victims died in the house in the midst of the other family members.

Out of frustration, the family told this paper that if the health team had taken the infected victims away earlier, the other family members would have had a high possibility of surviving, but now they don’t think they will live, adding, “We are very disappointed in the Health Ministry.”

Most Monrovia residents have complained of late response or no response at all from the government health team whenever there is an emergency case. The ELWA hospital is faced with space constraint as another infected victim was seen lying in the hospital yard with no immediate attention from health workers. A doctor at the hospital frankly told this paper that ELWA is overcrowded so they were erecting tents in the compound to accommodate new cases.

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