Ebola Patient Escapes Quarantine Site In Liberia

Ebola PatientThe Ebola situation in Liberia is getting more desperate as medical staff pursue a man infected with Ebola through a market near Monrovia as transfixed crowds watch.

The man, who has Ebola, had escaped quarantine in Monrovia, searching for food and armed with a stick, trying to avoid medical staff who were in pursuit.

The man escaped from Monrovia’s Elwa Hospital, which is overcrowded and struggling to provide Ebola patients with food and water.

Locals are both sympathetic and frustrated.

A Liberian woman said, “The patients are hungry, they are starving. No food, no water.”

Another Liberian, a man said, “we told the Liberian Government from the beginning, we do not want Ebola camp here. Today makes it the fifth Ebola patient coming outside vomiting and toileting.”

After a tense stand-off, the man was surrounded by medical personnel and a doctor, and is eventually bundled into an ambulance.

Liberia has the highest Ebola infection rate in this latest outbreak, with around 700 deaths out of more than 1300 suspected and confirmed cases.

UN Envoy Says Ebola Fight Is a ‘War’

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David Banarro says cancellation of flights to countries with Ebola crisis is hampering efforts.

A United Nation’s envoy appointed to coordinate the global response to the Ebola crisis said Monday that the fight against the epidemic was a “war” which could take another six months, and warned that airlines boycotting the region were hampering the response.

David Nabarro, a British physician that the United Nations has appointed to coordinate the global response to the crisis, was in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown for the fifth day of a tour of the region.

“The effort to defeat Ebola is not a battle but a war which requires everybody working together, hard and effectively,” he told a news conference.

“I hope it will be done in six months but we have to do it until it is completed.”

“A Whole Lot Harder”

Nabarro said airlines halting flights to and from the countries that have been afflicted by the outbreak in West Africa were making the UN’s efforts “a whole lot harder”.

“By isolating the country, it makes it difficult for the UN to do its work,” he said.

Instead, he issued a “really strong request to everyone to help us find a way to continue having airlines fly into these capitals so that we can do our job properly”.

“Help us to know how we can do this and at the same time assure you that you are not exposed to risk,” he added.

UN officials have pledged to step up efforts against the lethal tropical virus, which has infected more than 2,600 and killed 1,427 in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria this year.

Ebola: Senior Doctor, Ameyo Adadevoh Dies

Ameyo Adadevoh The most senior doctor, a female consultant physician, who participated in the management of the first Ebola patient in Nigeria, Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, has died.

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, announced the death on Tuesday evening.

Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, 58, a Senior Consultant and Endocrinologist, had unknowingly contracted the disease in the process of treating the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, who was the index patient of Ebola in Nigeria. Sawyer died in late July.

With the unfortunate development, the total number of Ebola Virus related deaths in Nigeria now stands at five.

A total of five infected persons have been discharged after they tested negative to the virus after treatment.

According to the Minister, the other two patients currently under treatment in the isolation wards are stable and are being taken care of.

Since the outbreak of the disease early this year, at least 1,000 deaths have been recorded, most of which occurred in West Africa.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) gave approval for the use of untested drugs in the treatment of Ebola patients, in an attempt to contain the disease it said was vastly underestimated. It said: “It is a public health emergency of international concern”.

WHO also stressed that extraordinary measures were needed to contain the disease.

The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, declared the outbreak of the disease a National Emergency and had approved an intervention fund of 1.9 billion Naira to contain the spread.

Ebola: NCAA Screens Passengers, Suspends Asky Airline Over Virus

askyNigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said it had started screening passengers arriving from places at risk from Ebola and had suspended Pan-African Airline, Asky, for bringing the first case to Lagos.

The Federal Ministry of Health’s Port Service Director, Sani Gwarzo, urged aviation stakeholders to be abreast of the dangers posed by the virus. It has been reported that Port Health officials have been deployed in Lagos and Abuja airports’ arrival halls to test passengers for symptoms of Ebola.

“Screening and monitoring is being done at all major airports. It entails checking passengers’ temperatures with a hand-held machine,” NCAA spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, said. He added that this was meant for any journey that passed through Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone.

A compulsory blood test would follow if the passenger’s temperature gave cause for concern, he said.

International Airlines Association said that the World Health Organisation was not recommending any travel restrictions or border closures due to the outbreak, and says there would be a low risk to other passengers if an Ebola patient flew.

A consultant for Liberia’s Finance Ministry, Patrick Sawyer, in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at the Lagos airport on July 20 on an Asky flight.

He was put in isolation at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of the city, but died early on July 25.

“We have suspended Asky until they are able to show us what measures they have put in place for passengers to ensure they do not bring Ebola,” Adurogboye said.

Authorities were monitoring 59 people who were in contact with Sawyer, including airport contacts, and had been seeking to make contact with all passengers that were on his flight. The latest outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever began in the forests of remote Eastern Guinea in February.

It starts with headaches and fever, and final stage symptoms include external and internal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea.

Sierra Leone declared a State of Emergency and called in troops to quarantine epicenters of Ebola on Thursday.

Ebola has been blamed for 729 deaths in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, according to the World Health Organization. One died in Lagos, a crowded city of 21 million people.