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4 September 2014

Liberia: Quarantined Fugitive Capture Goes Viral

A video of an Ebola patient who escaped quarantine in Liberia to look for food and forced into an ambulance in front of angry residents is making the rounds on the world wide web. Several international news reports showed video footages of panicked crowds gathering as the man, wearing a tag showing he had tested positive for Ebola, wandered through a local market in Monrovia. Health workers eventually caught up with the man and bundled him into a waiting ambulance. Locals said he was the fifth person to escape from the ELWA hospital since the outbreak.

One resident said the care for Ebola patients was not good enough, with many left "starving". "The patients are hungry, they are starving. No food, no water. The government need to do more," a woman said. More than 1,550 people have died from the virus across West Africa since the outbreak in March. Liberia has the highest infection rate with around 700 deaths out of 1327 suspected and confirmed cases.

NEC Provides Storage Facilities For Ebola Response Materials

The National Elections Commission (NEC) has provided its warehouses across the country for the storage of Ebola Response Materials. The provision of warehouses is part of efforts to assist the government of Liberia with the coordination of logistics for a national response to the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia. On Monday, five United Nations Trucks containing assorted Ebola response materials were downloaded at the Central Warehouse of the Commission in Sinkor.

Mr. Sylvian Denarie, a World Health Organization Ebola Response official, termed the gesture by the commission as a relief to the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia. The National Elections Commission owns twenty large warehouses in the fifteen counties in Liberia.

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