It appears that Liberia’s health sector lacks the necessary facilities to host/quarantine suspected cases of Coronavirus, with this morning report of a suspected case being held in ambulance for 6 hour without any action from health authorities, being used as a case study of government’s inability to adequately respond to the health crisis.
William Ballah, driver assigned to Nathaniel Blama who was first diagnosed of the virus told Prime FM news this morning that he spent 6 hour in the ambulance following his pick up from his home yesterday. “Since today, I just sitting in the ambulance, I spend 6 hours sitting in the ambulance in front Camp Sheflin Army Barrack”, Ballah lamented.
Ballah’s predicament comes when he voluntarily turned himself in following news of his boss being positive of the global pandemic. “I got a call from people that my boss is positive; so I called the health team to come and check me because I drove my boss from the airport to the house”, he told Prime FM via telephone.
According to him, health workers who picked him up told him they were taking him to Redemption Hospital for testing. But to his utmost surprise, he was taking to Robert’s Field Highway in front of Camp Shelfline Army Barrack where he spent 6 hour sitting in the ambulance without any action.
He said, due to the situation, he pleaded with health workers who were on the ambulance with him to release him so he can go home and quarantine himself in keeping with public health rules.
It can be recalled that William Ballah on Friday, March 13, 2020 drove his boss, Nathaniel Blama from Robert’s International Airport (RIA) to his home following his return from official trip abroad. Ballah said, on the vehicle with him was the security and his boss.
After dropping his boss to his home on Friday, Ballah noted that the next day, which was on Saturday, he went back to the house to clean up the car. While there, he reported that he did not see his boss until he got through washing the car and left.
Ballah who is a member of the First Baptist Church told the public that he participated in program at S. Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church on 13th Street on Sunday, where he admitted interacting with several people including his family.