A group of men broke into an Ebola treatment facility in Liberia, looting infected items and allowing quarantined patients to escape.
reports that over a dozen patients being treated for Ebola left the facility, prompting medical personnel to fear that the deadly virus will be able to spread throughout Liberia unhindered. The exact number of escaped patients is unknown; reports ranged from 17 to 20 people.
Witness Rebecca Wesseh said, "They broke down the door and looted the place. The patients have all gone."
Mattresses, sheets, medical equipment and various other objects were taken from the clinic; all of the items had been exposed to infected patients.
According to health officials, the looters announced that “There’s no Ebola” while they stole the goods.
Plan Liberia country director Koala Oumarou said that raid was likely in response to the lack of action that the government has taken responding to the virus. "They are not happy with the way Ebola is being managed and the response that the government is providing. It's where the frustration is coming from,” Oumarou said.
Publication date: August 19, 2014