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Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by ideycraze: 11:49pm On Aug 14, 2014
Relatives and associates of the female medical doctor and other health workers who contracted the Ebola Virus Disease from the late Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, share the gloomy experiences of the victims with TEMITAYO FAMUTIMI and AFEEZ HANAFI.

"Go there yourself and witness firsthand the condition under which they are being taken care of,” Dr. Helen Boyo-Ekwueme charged at one of the journalists inquiring about the welfare of the health workers battling with Ebola, at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.

The atmosphere was tense. Relatives and professional colleagues of the female medical doctor and other health workers, who contracted the disease from the late Liberian- American, Patrick Sawyer, had gathered to brief journalists at a press conference which held in Ikoyi, Lagos. Boyo-Ekwueme, a pathologist, and one of the concerned relatives kept on laying emphasis on the fact that the female medical doctor must not be left to die.

Noting that the press conference was not called to trade blames with the Federal Government or the Lagos State Government, she painted a picture of utter neglect of the female doctor and her medical colleagues who have been placed in isolation at the IDH. The pathologist who claimed to have been to the IDH in company with other family members and professional colleagues alleged that the Ebola patients were not been properly looked after. Arguing that proper basic treatment and immune boosting drugs that can be of help to the patients were generally lacking, she concluded that only “international help” could make them live a little longer.

She lamented, “We are not fighting anybody. We are simply giving voice to the voiceless. Those people in isolation at the IDH cannot voice out these concerns. Let them have basic treatment. It
shouldn’t be as if we just stood there and abandon them and watch them die one by one. “They are human beings. That female doctor is a patriotic Nigerian and she needs to be helped. You people (journalists) should go there and see the surroundings where they are being treated. You would wonder if these are human beings who still have relatives. “They are just being left on their own. Nobody is counselling them. They are just there as if they have been forgotten. We should remember that they didn’t ask to contract Ebola and it can happen to anybody. We are appealing for international help for these health workers.”

Spokesperson for the group of seven concerned family members and colleagues of the Ebola victims, Dr. Ladi Okuboyejo, buttressed Boyo-Ekwueme’s claims stating that people including medical personnel deployed were now running away from the ailing victims. Explaining that the Ebola outbreak was beyond the capacity of the scary Nigerian physicians, Okuboyejo insisted that the conditions under which the Ebola victims were being looked after was appalling. Okuboyejo, a medical practitioner, stated that there was a dearth of requisite drugs and basic medical supplies needed by the victims adding that the poor general sanitary condition of the isolation facility was despicable.

“If a health facility doesn’t have light, doesn’t have water and the sanitary system is not working properly then we have got a problem. Now the patients are critically ill and their condition is getting worse by day. People, including some medical personnel, are now running away from them.

“The reality is that the disease is beyond our capacity to handle in this country. The international
community needs to rise up to our aid. The victims are not being properly treated. Forget that the Nigeria Medical Association is on strike, we cannot handle it,” he stated.

But as the concerned associates of the Ebola victims lamented the state of affairs with their loves ones at the press conference, a close family source confided in one of our correspondents that the American doctor had been the one personally footing the bill for the purchase of basic medical supplies for the victims. The family source who preferred anonymity stated that a long list of medical and general need items presented to the authorities by the foreign physician had yet to be supplied.

“Where is the $12m the Federal Government said it released to fight Ebola. Remember that the matron and the ECOWAS protocol officer are already dead. Do they want all of them to start dying one after the other,” the source added.

As they took turns to address journalists, another immediate family member of one of the patients, Deji Akinyanju, drew the microphones to himself and began his own round of lamentation. Akinyanju who declined to name her ailing relative, stated that the feedbacks he has got from the isolation centre showed that the Ebola victims’ health was fast deteriorating. He alleged that the Nigerian physicians working with the American WHO expert were those with little or no experience in managing the highly contagious disease. With a note of disappointment in his voice, Akinyanju, who said he had been visiting his critically ill relative at the IDH stated, that the WHO expert have also highlighted the need for more experienced hands to help salvage what remains of the health of the isolated health workers.

“There is a need for more medical personnel that will help look after them. Certain immune booster could also have been easily given to them. We are just concerned family members. But from what we have seen we think more can be done to help them,” Akinyanju said.

When contacted, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, was unavailable for comments. His telephone line rang out when one of our correspondent
contacted him. Also, a text message sent to him, was not replied to as at press time on Thursday.
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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by NgeneUkwenu(f): 12:03am On Aug 15, 2014
Everything about this government is zero zero zero!

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by OkikiOluwa1(m): 12:10am On Aug 15, 2014
Mj
Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by ukukaegbu(m): 12:13am On Aug 15, 2014
Little wonder that nurse ran away to Enugu from that place

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by Caseless: 12:27am On Aug 15, 2014
NgeneUkwenu: Everything about this government is zero zero zero!
the media stunt alone pulled by onyebuchi chukwu and labaran maku is enough to make us believe they're working , while they're not.
I stil blame FG for not being proactive; if they had banned all flight from ebola ridden countries or put up arrangement to test everybody coming into Nigeria from those countries, i'm sure this wldn't have happened.

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by Caseless: 12:30am On Aug 15, 2014
Stories like this makes it difficult for me to forgive patrick sawyer and the liberian authority. I'm jst angry at them.

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by Caseless: 12:41am On Aug 15, 2014
ukukaegbu: Little wonder that nurse ran away to Enugu from that place
ofcourse, she did more harm than good. Imagine that oaf taking ebola to enugu; she made contact with 21 pple, and if care is not taken, those 21 might face what these victims are facing right now.
*cries*

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by davno: 1:04am On Aug 15, 2014
USA, Canada, Japan, etc. These are countries without ebola yet they have experimental drugs for it.

Liberia, DRC and in fact the whole of Africa - ebola was discovered here but we have nothing for it. No vaccines, no research, no facilities and no conscience.

Life is tough on its own but life as a black man is really really pathetic.

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by thewarrior72: 1:34am On Aug 15, 2014
But lagos state minister of health come out to lie to lagosian that the health conditions of those in quarantine are improving, meanwhile there are been neglected & abandon to their fath. If our gov cannot get right by managing & taking care of this few cases, what will be the faith of the masses when it deteriorate to the level of Liberia or guinea? undecided

Jehovah we dey ur hand

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by IGBOSON1: 1:45am On Aug 15, 2014
When i tell you guys this is one fuc/ked up country we're living in, i'll be shouted down! I bet they've already scrambled for the money Dangote donated (with specific instructions that it's mainly for Lagos state) and pilfered the lot under some spurious 'miscellaneous expenses' heading!

In one way, you can't blame the medical personnel for running away (seeing how the ones infected are being left to their own fate); yet again, it's what they signed up for, and if they know they're not up to the task the decent thing to do would be to throw in the towel and resign, while demanding that the federal and state ministries of health give those poor souls the proper treatment they deserve!

I've always said it that Nigerian Doctors, Nurses and other medical personnel are mainly materialistic, greedy, arrogant and short-tempered little hitlers, and are in it just for the money......not for some noble desire to save human life and limit human suffering! When push comes to shove, that's when they're 'shown up' for who and what they really are! Of course there's always the few decent ones still out there.....but as i stressed, they're few, and far between!

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by Nobody: 3:03am On Aug 15, 2014
My prayers goes to all those probably left to die or dodge the bullet of Ebola in our hospitals, may they find peace.

Amen.

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by HonourablePomk: 4:03am On Aug 15, 2014
#GOAWAYEBOLA

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by chino25(m): 4:04am On Aug 15, 2014
Please save them ooo.

I don't why these people have to die while I(chino) is still alive.

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by Jhosh(m): 4:08am On Aug 15, 2014
9Ja no worth dyinq 4 walai..
Gone 4 1nce,qone 4 ever..

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by sammieguze(m): 4:10am On Aug 15, 2014
No wonder dem de run commot

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by Chrisx1x(m): 4:14am On Aug 15, 2014
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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by chuqudy(m): 4:15am On Aug 15, 2014
Upon all bla bla bla we are hearing that they are been treeted. Naija I hail thee.
Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by Pangea: 4:15am On Aug 15, 2014
Wicked men in Government
They have started making money again from the misery of the people!
I wish all their family members will catch the ebola sef,
So that they will stew too, in the prison called facility for ebola victims angry

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by iBukas: 4:17am On Aug 15, 2014
God your help is needed

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by strangest(m): 4:17am On Aug 15, 2014
Thought they said that they were recuperating....

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by 3Dimension: 4:18am On Aug 15, 2014
Those people are not quarantined the are imprisoned
They are not in isolation they are outcast

This is not a Country its a geographical location.
We don't have leaders we have opportunist

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by 360command: 4:19am On Aug 15, 2014
Nothing works well in this obodo Nigeria.
Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by Liability(m): 4:24am On Aug 15, 2014
with all our education we dont know how to do anything in this country.

Nonsense!

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by segradino(m): 4:25am On Aug 15, 2014
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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by jking001(m): 4:27am On Aug 15, 2014
Where's Fashola the clueless one talking about compassion and been compassionate, if it's politics to insult GEJ that's he's not compassionate you would see him there, this is happening in lagos one would expect the best from him with all the noise that he's working.

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by ERCROSS(m): 4:28am On Aug 15, 2014
Mr Patrick Sawyer..
anywhere wia u dey now, na thunder go fire u ooo...
if not for ur selfish intentions of coming to Nigeria, all diz wudnt have been happening

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by Dosoq(f): 4:30am On Aug 15, 2014
Naija n its poor system,d painful tin is dt d money allocated for dis EBOLA tin is gona b shared among these POLITHIEVIANS n des poor ppl will b left 2 die,dey r already dieing n mite stil if nt properly taken care of. http://lindaikeji..de/2014/08/photo-another-nigerian-nurse-dies-of.html?m=1

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by lowgeorge(m): 4:32am On Aug 15, 2014
Nigeeria is a failed state under ebola jonathan and his igbo ridden administration. Burn dis country down and let us all go back to our tents....dats wat dis contri needs. Nigeria is just an africa magic station

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by fidrach(m): 4:32am On Aug 15, 2014
Naija na only una waka come? Wey the huge sum of money FG said they disbursed for treatment of ebola victim abi na for pages of newspaper that one dey happen? All these embezzlement of public funds and corruption in high and low places on our land, chai chai chai there is God oooo...

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Re: Lagos Ebola Patients Neglected,critically Ill – Relatives,colleagues by olimeh13(m): 4:40am On Aug 15, 2014
Nigerians. Make una came down

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