Ebola Task Force Unit Flees Tense Crowd

first_imgAn Ebola task force unit (ETFU) which arrived in the Caldwell community, north of Monrovia last Monday to remove a corps abandoned the body and fled when an intense crowd began to close in on their operation.  They took off in their vehicle bearing license plate number GSA MIA RL 3303 without the unidentified body and without carrying out the usual decontamination spraying of the area.It is unclear what gave the ETFU a sense of threat from the crowd. Before their departure, however, one of the volunteers declared toour reporter on the scene: “That’s the problem with Liberian people, we don’t believe the truth, and that’s why Ebola has spread like this.”According to theETF worker, who did not give his identity,another case involving the late former Miss Liberia 2009/2010,Shu-rina Wiah and her family, was not taken seriously until it was too late. “Look at the family now, the whole family is seriously sick, and even her mother is fighting for her life” the health worker revealed before leaving.  He allowed our reporter to copy the plate number of their vehicle.Meanwhile news spread on Facebook the same day of the death of the late Toose’s (Shu-rina’s elder sister) son, Kelvin Kels Toure. He is said to have died at ELWA 3 MSF Ebola Treatment Center last Sunday, September 21along with his uncle, Oxford Wiah, a brother of Shu-rina.Toose was reportedly the very first in the family to die, only because, it is alleged, that the family did not take the Ebola Virus seriously. So she (Toose) was given a normal burial.  Then her sister, Shu-rina, the former Miss Liberia, took ill and died two weeks later.  And now it is reported that many relatives of the family are under quarantine at the ELWA center.There is yet no medical report confirmingthat Oxford, brother of Toose and sister Shu-rina, and Kelvin, son of Toose, died from Ebola. But what is evident is the fact that four members of the family, including mother and son, have all died within a short span of time.Meanwhile, the beautiful house said to have been built by the late Shu-rina in the Iron Gate community sits still, with doors and windows firmly locked. There is not a single movement within or around the house, nor can any animals be seen around the yard.Sad neighbors glance at the house as they pass by. One neighbor, Ma Bendu, who says she lives close by, is “stunned at the news of the death of the four family members”.It is said that Sieanyene Toose Yuoh- Katty, who died two weeks before her sister Shu-rina, was buried the traditional way with a funeral held on September 11, 2014 at the 1st Baptist Church Cemetery, Congo Town Back Road. Apparently no question was raised at the time concerning whether her death could have been caused by Ebola.According to news reports, there has been no Ebola occurrence at the Stryker Funeral Home, which handled Toose’s remains. 
Meanwhile, the sight of the Ebola team running away and abandoning an unidentified body in Caldwell the same day the news of Kel’s death was reported, has heightened the tension in the Caldwell community. It is a clear that many people are still in denial about the Ebola Virus and that the Government and all participants in the fight to eradicate Ebola have much more work to do to convince Liberians of the serious impact of the Ebola Virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Holders Germany dumped out of World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Germany players react after a missed chance during their last Group F match against South Korea. PHOTO/FIFAKazan, Russia, Jun 27-  Germany crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday after a stoppage-time VAR-assisted goal from Younggwon Kim and a late second by Son Heungmin earned South Korea a famous 2-0 win.The Germans needed to beat Korea by two clear goals in their final group F match at Kazan stadium to advance to the last 16. But Joachim Loew’s men wasted a series of chances in a tense match that saw a pale version of the world champions become the fourth holders of the title this century to be sent packing at the first hurdle.Germany’s team of superstars could only look on in shock in the final minutes of the match as US referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim had bundled his shot past Germany ‘keeper Manuel Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time.The goal was awarded because Toni Kroos’ touch had played him onside, and minutes later Germany were 2-0 down after Neuer ran up the pitch in a desperate attempt to get a goal.A long punt upfield saw Tottenham forward Son chase a clearance to fire into an empty net.-First timeIt means Germany, the four-time champions who had competed in the past 16 editions of the World Cup, fail to make it past the first hurdle of the tournament since 1938.Germany coach Joachim Loew caused a surprise by leaving midfield attacking stalwart Thomas Mueller on the bench for the first time since 2012 after his underwhelming displays against Mexico and Sweden.But by the end of a frustrating opening half, Loew was left desperately studying his options.Germany suffered the first of several scares after South Korea won a free kick on the quarter hour when Sami Khedira’s boot connected with the head of Jung Wooyoung.From 30 yards out, it should have been fodder for World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but after fumbling Jung’s dipping drive Neuer scrambled desperately to clear as Son raced to pounce.Germany spurned a series of chances soon afterwards.Marco Reus, who hit a crucial leveller in the 2-1 win over Sweden, saw his drive deflected and Mesut Ozil saw his effort deflected off a Korean boot and out for a corner, after which goalkeeper Hyeonwoo Jo smothered desperately when Goretzka’s header found Hummels trying to pounce on the loose ball.-Mario Gomez inGermany resumed with more urgency after the interval, but despite edging closer when Loew introduced Mario Gomez just before the hour the big Stuttgart striker headed straight at Jo from Kimmich’s cross.Striker Timo Werner then met another Kimmich ball from the left byeline with a right-foot volley that skewed agonisingly wide of Jo’s upright.Germany urgency was not matched by their normal efficiency and soon legs started to tire.Loew played his final card when he introduced Mueller for Leon Goretzka.But the late changes failed to spark Germany into life as Korea hung on for a famous win that, unfortunately for the impressive Asians, saw them bow out after Sweden beat Mexico 3-0.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more