09.24.2014 | Last Day in Liberia
With things at Dolo up and running and the plumbers installing chlorinators at ELWA, we finally felt confident leaving those projects alone for the day and venturing to do some additional assessments. The first of these took place today at the Island Clinic, on the north side of Monrovia. Evidently our guides had not called ahead to alert the proper personnel that we were coming because, at the gate of the ETU (Ebola Treatment Unit), we had to introduce ourselves and our purpose at least five different times before finally being allowed entrance.
We were advised by Dr. Deal prior to leaving the States that, under no circumstances, should we have to enter any of the ETU’s. However, the well that this particular facility depended on lay exactly in the center of what the clinic administration referred to as the ‘red zone’. We were escorted up onto the roof of the 4 story hospital, only one floor of which is housing patients and that only since Sunday. This allowed us access to the water tanks which were filling and used for washing and disinfecting.
From there we had a breathtaking view of the ocean and a little harbor framed by small village houses. It would have been the perfect tropical scene were it not for the trauma that also invaded our field of vision. From our vantage point, we also had full view into the Ebola ward and could see children and adults lying in a strewn about manner. As we watched, a red SUV pulled up and Liberian Red Cross workers proceeded to pull the lifeless body of a man out of the backseat and wrap him up. The war is very much still raging.
The design at Island Clinic was very encouraging though as accommodations were made in the design for adding different potency levels of chlorine to kill virus and disease. There is still much talk on the local radio and on the street of people who have not yet accepted the fact that Ebola is real. A million rumors have been circulated that the death and sickness is actually a government conspiracy or perhaps a curse from God. The fact that the hospitals are treating the disease with due respect and that people are bringing their sick loved ones in demonstrates that the tide is turning in educating the people of Monrovia and dispelling the lies.
Please pray that those in the outlying towns and far distant villages would also believe and that, by faith and deed, health will be restored.
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