Originally published October 25 2014
Starving Liberians threaten to break out of Ebola quarantine as food supply runs out
by L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
(NaturalNews) Rumors continue to circulate from speculating sources that the Ebola pandemic in Africa is one giant hoax. This conspiracy theory undermines the pain, disease and starvation that West Africans have been facing. An Associated Press photo taken from Monday, October 20, shows that the pandemic continues, with men in protective suits about to cart off a potential Ebola-stricken patient. It's no joking matter; West Africans in Liberia continue to suffer -- their villages overrun by disease. The newest update on the Ebola front lines shows that quarantine measures in an impoverished area are unprepared, and men and women are starving because of it. West Africa's state radio is reporting that quarantined individuals are running out of food and are threatening to break out of isolation quarters.
Individuals from impoverished areas can be quarantined but be deprived of foodIt began near the Sierra Leone border, in Jenewonda, a small town in the impoverished corner of Grand Cape Mount County. After four people died there in a short amount of time, officials moved in to quarantine 43 people suspected of carrying the disease.
According to the state radio, these 43 quarantined individuals were deprived of food. Did the U.N. World Food Program stop providing food to the area? That's what the detained individuals are saying, but according to a World Food Program spokesperson, no one had been distributing food there before. As the news broke out that quarantined individuals were threatening to break out, the program began mobilizing to deliver food to the impoverished area. A WFP logistics unit was recently put en route to Jenewonda.
"WFP in Liberia heard about this community being isolated only two days ago via the radio and staff immediately began organizing a mission to bring food to the quarantined people," said WFP spokesman Alexis Masciarelli, writing to The Associated Press. Citing a lack of delivery trucks, Masciarelli said that food needed to be driven in from Monrovia.
"We need to keep working with government and partners to identify the communities in need as quickly as possible," he commented.
Unethical quarantines and mounting death rates have villagers suspicious of treatment centers, health authoritiesAbdulai Sie Sawaneh, a merchant living and working at the Donka hospital compound, said that many people are afraid to go to the hospital. He overhears a common thread among locals: "If you come here at the hospital you will get this and that." Sawaneh said, "The public is now afraid of the hospital and nobody is coming."
Reports of Ebola being a complete hoax are outlandish, but other reports about hospitals and their treatments being deadly might not be so crazy. M'balia Camara, a merchant who sells food at the hospital, reports that the hospitals have lost many customers because of certain fears that the treatments are killing people off. People are also afraid of being falsely diagnosed and quarantined unethically.
"At this time there is no business, people have run away from the hospital because even if you have a headache they will say you have Ebola and they will inject you to die," she said. "Patients, doctors and visitors used to buy my rice, but as am talking to you, all the hospital wards has been emptied."
If skeptical villagers' premonitions are correct, then many of the deaths in West Africa could be derived from spread due to under-trained medical staff or toxic and faulty treatment protocol. What if the death rate from Ebola is could be smaller without quarantines and under-prepared treatment centers? What if the poor quality of the treatment centers, lack of food (and nutrition) and being in close quarters is what's spreading the disease and perpetuating death?
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