28 July 2014

Liberia: Ebola Victim's Family Threatens Lawsuit - Against C. H. Rennie Administration

Report gathered by the New Republic revealed that family members and colleagues of the late Michael Tengbeh, who reportedly died from Ebola at the C. H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata Thursday June 26, 2014, have threatened a lawsuit against the administration of the hospital.

The family members and colleagues of the deceased claimed that he was allegedly murdered by the doctors and nurses at the hospital and not Ebola as was announced by the hospital administration.

Making the assertion via mobile phone Wednesday July 23, 2014, Thomas Samolah, a valedictorian of the recent graduating class of theKakata Rural Teacher Training Institute(KRTTI), said he was informed by some family members of late Tengbeh that the cause of his death is not related to Ebola as claimed by the hospital administration.

Mr. Samolah, quoting the father of the late Michael Tengbeh, explained that the sickness his son had was a family-related sickness that hailed from his mother's background, adding that the sickness linked to "African sign" has killed two of his sisters.

He maintained that the late Tengbeh's father further averred that a family member usually throws sickness on them, naming some of the victims as Michael's mother, sisters among others.

Mr. Samolah said his late colleague was earlier diagnosed of Lassar Fever but, before then, the family though aware of the cause of the problem has decided to offer sacrifice for Michael but unfortunately at the same time, the C. H. Rennie doctors pronounced that he had died of Ebola.

He added that the doctors kept their late colleague in an isolated area and did not even care to cater to him; something he said contributed to his death.

The KRTTI graduate refuted claim that doctors at the hospital took specimen of the deceased and was transported to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia within the period of two days which according to him is not true because anybody could travel to Monrovia twice before the sun sets in a day.

He maintained that all of the medical doctors and nurses who came in close contact with deceased were all observed by the hospital for the 21 day incubation period after which none of them came down with the virus.

Thomas further explained that a medical team from Gbarpolu County where the late Michael Tengbeh hailed from came to Kakata to inquire information concerning his death but there was nobody around the C.H. Rennie Hospital facility to provide detailed information.

He pointed out that the hospital has been giving misleading information to the media concerning Michael death. "There were more than two hundred students living on the campus along with Michael and following the 21-day observation period but not a single student was diagnosed with the virus.

Mr. Samolah dismissed claim that after Michael's death, one of his roommates (Charles McGill) has died from the same virus.

"McGill died from malaria at his Monrovia residence where his family resides and not Ebola," he argued.

Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Officer at the C.H. Rennie Hospital along with the Margibi County Health Officer are tightlipped that they are not satisfied with a story published in the New Dawn concerning Ebola issue at the hospital.

Recently, the New Dawn published a story captioned, "10 Nurses Quarantined At C. H. Rennie Hospital", which the hospital administration said the story was not in line with the detail. Margibi Health Officer Dr. Hawa M. Kromah and the Director of the C. H. Rennie Hospital Dr. Adolphus T. Yeiah angrily in separate statements said the media is not carefully disseminating the information to the public and as such both could not speak for fear of being misquoted.

"People are claiming that we are killing the patients at the hospital in the name of Ebola but God is not sleeping. Another person who was a roommate to the late Tengbeh has just died from the same KRTTI," Dr. Kromah said.

She also noted that people claiming to be students of the KRTTI have planned to set ablaze the C. H. Rennie Hospital because their colleague was killed by the doctors at the hospital.

Responding to reporters who were eager to know the whereabouts of late Charles McGill's familyfor further inquiry, Dr. Kromah said angrily that she does not know where to locate them.

"I don't, know. You can go and find the place for yourself. I am not going to grant you any interview."

Dr. Yeiah also refused to speak to reporters and warned if the story is not republished, he is going to take the New Dawn to court.

On July 23, 2014 an angry man sets ablaze the conference room of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Congo Town.

The arson suspect, Edward Wellington Delay, claimed that his action was a response to the way officials are handling the Ebola virus situation.

Delay, 32, who was arrested by police, told reporters and officials that he took the decision in protest of the abandonment by nurses, said such contributed to the subsequent death of a family member on suspension of being an Ebola patient.

Investigation continues.

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