MSF Ebola Capacity Overstretched – 1,000 Beds Needed

Monday, September 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

by Wade C. L. Williams
08 September 2014

Monrovia – Sam Bropleh, an ambulance driver of the ‘First Responders’ belonging to one of Liberia’s politicians Rep. Saah Joseph, who has been helping in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus, has brought a suspected Ebola case into a center managed by the medical humanitarian organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), but the facility is overwhelmed and there is no space to take in more patients.

Bropleh and his colleagues try to convince the MSF team of three men standing behind a wired gate, but they maintain there is no more space, as the 160-bed center ELWA3 is full. About eight more sick people are lying on the ground in front of the gate including a boy about eight years old, as they are too weak to stand as those who have conveyed them in vehicles stand watching in total disgust.

“I brought a patient here and now the patient is on the ambulance we are waiting for the team to come and get the patient out,” Bropleh said after he was referred to the other holding facility run by Liberian doctors, ELWA2.

“I first took the patient to ELWA3 and the white guy told me that there is no space. If the doctor says no space, it means there is no space. I think you could see all of those people lying on the ground in front of the fence; there were more than eight persons; they’re lying in front of the gate, they can’t enter. The people are saying there is no space. So tell me, what are we heading for?”

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