Sunday, October 12, 2014

First Consultant Hospital Indicts Liberian Ambassador For Ebola Role - Time For Legal Action?



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The hospital which treated Patrick Sawyer, First Consultants Medical Centre, has indicted the Liberian Ambassador to Nigeria, for his alleged involvement with the Index Case of Ebola in Nigeria.

After reading through, I believe the hospital has enough grounds for a civil case against the Liberian government for substantial damages. I'm thinking the Federal government should also be looking at a similar legal case.

The hospital says the ambassador pressured their staff to release Patrick Sawyer against the management’s wishes. The ambassadory also allegedly threatened to file a lawsuit against the hospital if they refused to discharge Patrick Sawyer.

Following the hospital's initial reports on the timeline of events following the treatment of the first case of Ebola in Nigeria, Benjamin Ohiaeri, the Medical Director of the hospital, is giving culpability where it is due. He told Vanguard that the ambassador has a fair part of the blame.

“The ambassador said if we continued to keep him (Sawyer), it would be tantamount to kidnap and abuse of human right. He said if we did not release him, we would be subjecting our hospital to international diplomatic row and we should not rule out the possibility of law suit.”

The Liberian Ambassador to Nigeria started to put pressure on us that Mr Sawyer had his fundamental human right that he wanted to leave the hospital and he should be allowed to leave .”

In other words, we have a provision within the law that allows the person to sign and leave the hospital. Meanwhile, there is a superior provision within that law which is that you can decline the patient for public good.

In order to protect ourselves as an institution, we called in our lawyer who drafted for us a resolution, stating that we were not going to let Sawyer out because it will not be in the public good to let him out.”

The hospital decried the loss of their health workers through the irresponsible actions of Patrick Sawyer who may have been boosted through being enabled by people like the Liberian ambassador.

“Because we did not let him go, Mr. Sawyer unleashed his bio terror on the staff of the hospital. He knew he had the disease, he was angry to the extent that he released his blood to contaminate our people as they came in.

We lost four of our key staff who included, Dr. Adadevoh, she worked here for 21 years, Dr. Amos Abaniwo, our Chief consultant Anesthesiology and Director of clinical service, had been with us for 16 years.

Dr. Adadevoh died leaving the husband and a son, Dr. Abaniwo died leaving his wife and three kids, the third person that died was a nurse Ejeleonu, she just started working with us that day.

Unknown to us she was two months pregnant and she died with the pregnancy. The fourth person that died was nurse Evelyn Uko who had been working with us for the past 31 years. She was a widow, a single parent raising four children, she died living those children with us, multiple tragedy because the four children were kicked out of the home because of the stigma.”

Do you think the hospital or the Nigerian goverment should sue the Liberian goverment for the actions of Patrick Sawyer and his enablers, including the ambassador?







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