SEVENTEEN Ebola patients in Liberia who fled a quarantine centre after it was attacked by club-wielding youths were missing yesterday, striking a fresh blow to efforts to contain the deadly virus.
The attack on the Monrovia centre on Sunday (AEST) highlighted the
challenge faced by authorities battling the epidemic that has killed
1145 people since it erupted in west Africa early this year, spreading
panic among local populations.
Doctors and nurses are not only
fighting the disease but a deep mistrust in communities often in the
thrall of wild rumours that the virus was invented by the West or is a
“They broke down the door and looted the place. The patients
have all gone,” said Rebecca Wesseh, who witnessed the raid in the
Liberian capital’s densely populated West Point slum.
attackers, mostly young men armed with clubs, shouted insults about
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and yelled “there’s no Ebola”, she said,
adding nurses had also fled the centre. READ MORE
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