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Over treatment of non-Ebola patients…

Councillor lambasts health workers

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 By Victoria Saffa

All People’s Congress (APC) Councillor representing Ward 373 in Constituency 105 has expressed dissatisfaction over the way and manner in which medical personnel are treating suspected Ebola patients in government hospitals.

While speaking at an Ebola sensitization meeting organized by Hon. Ibrahim Kamara of Constituency 105, Councillor Abdul Karim Samura lambasted the “negative attitude” of some medical officers, which he said is part of the reason people are afraid to go for treatment when they are sick.

“Measures put in place by the government and its partners with regards those suspected of having contracted the virus are never met by some of the health personnel. People who do not have the decease die because of shock and harsh treatment by health workers in hospitals,” he said.

Scores of people have died during the outbreak as a result of lack of medical care in government hospitals and clinics, as many doctors and nurses are reluctant to treat patients for fear of contracting the Ebola virus.

At least two Fourah Bay College students have recently died from non-Ebola related illnesses because health workers were either reluctant or too slow to treat them.

Meanwhile, Hon. Ibrahim Kamara called on youths in his constituency to monitor suspected cases of Ebola or deaths before informing the Ebola call centre.

He blamed pranksters for the delay by the Ebola teams to visit areas where suspected cases or deaths are reported.

He also called on Sierra Leoneans, especially his constituents, to support the government and partners in their efforts to contain the spread of the deadly virus.