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First Consultant Hospital Indicts Liberian Ambassador over Patrick Sawyer Ebola Case

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Patrick-Sawyer55-360x229First Consultants Medical Centre has indicted the Liberian Ambassador to Nigeria, for his alleged involvement in the country’s first case of Ebola.

The hospital is accusing the ambassador of putting its staff under immense pressure to release Patrick Sawyer, against the management’s wishes, Vanguard reports.  They also allege that the ambassador threatened to file a lawsuit against them if they refused to release Sawyer.

Speaking on case, Medical Director of the hospital, Benjamin Ohiaeri, said:

“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.”

Ohiaeri also spoke about the tragic domino effect of Sawyer’s actions:

“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.”

28 Comments

  1. jaybird

    October 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I cried as I read this piece, it’s so painful that those people died.

    • Sylvonce

      October 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm

      Truly very painful. God rest their souls.

  2. Bobo

    October 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    🙁

  3. Bennie Errick

    October 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Honestly this is so sad!!! Imagine especially the orphans left at the mercy of the public! !! Every human will get his just reward from our God creator of heaven and earth who changeth not!

  4. yesisaidit

    October 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I am not nigerian am ghanaian and I think yall jail his punk ass. Liberians are the most irresponsible people I know. That is the nature of most I encountered. I know this cos I have lived and worked with plenty in the past. Their characters keeps me wondering if the are truly africans. Jail this idiot for life. This whole thing coula been avoided

    American authorities need to monitor not just atlanta airport but especially Minnesota most of them live there so monitor planes from liberia doing transit in Europe with final destination Minneapolis , MN.

    • Author Unknown

      October 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      Ghanaian? Really? Because you write just like a Liberian. Nigerians do not, and will not now (hopefully) start to judge all Liberians for the irresponsible action of one or a few of their citizens, and you probably shouldn’t either.

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  5. NaijaPikin

    October 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Very positive move. Dang feel so sorry for the families that lost their loved ones. While God will be their comforter, Liberia should be held accountable and made to compensate in some way.

  6. Bellemoizelle

    October 12, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    This is so sad the lives lost in this tragedy due to one man’s wickedness,I wish the family of the lost ones find solace …………La vie est belle

  7. Suwa

    October 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    This is just so tragic, I have not felt this sad in a long time. I never knew Dr. Abaniwo still worked at First Consultants. He was kind and a good man. I went to his home in Benin city for bible studies as a child. I just can never forget his commitment to God and how he taught us the bible so patiently when I was between 6-8 years old. Our families moved to Lagos at about the same time. I am sure he is in a better place resting with God. I cant even begin to explain my pain now. The government should take care of the victims families and ensure their welfare, its the least they can do instead of making noise on how they conquered ebola in Nigeria. The country just lost some of the best and most honest medical practitioners ever…. RIP Dr Abaniwo. You will forever live in our hearts, you touched a lot of us while you were here….that is our purpose on earth..to touch lives

  8. Author Unknown

    October 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Putting your staff under “immense pressure” is now the basis for legal action? Even if your staff had given in to the pressure, wouldn’t It then have been your problem for not adhering to your own policy? Such improper behaviour by the ambassador should be checked by your diplomatic affairs department of the government. If you can prove that the Liberian ambassador helped Sawyerr get into Nigeria knowing he had Ebola, and deliberately concealed it knowing fully well the devastating consequences, then you might have a case. It might also make better sense to sue the Liberian government (via their embassy) for not having taken steps, if that’s the case, to prevent him from leaving. Going after an ambassador who might have immunity may only end up being symbolic, forget the fact there might be no case against him.

    • Iris

      October 12, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      As much as I’d like to see some form of justice for those family members I have to agree with you. Unfortunately I don’t see what accusing the ambassador can do. It’s not like anyone can testify that the ambassador knew for a fact that Patrick Sawyer had ebola. Secondly, I don’t think this kind of thing can go to trial so easily when diplomatic immunity comes into play. We are better off asking the Nigerian federal government to PROPERLY sponsor those poor children left behind. After all if not for the selfless actions of their parents we’d be screwed right now. There’s no question of whether or not Nigerian can afford it. We all know the country can do it. Liberian on the other hand has buckled under the stress of this disease. We should even be sending them aid in the form of medical supplies.

    • arya stark

      October 12, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      I am sure he knew since he was interacting with the hospital already. They must have informed him. These Liberians need to be dealt with. Another one has brought it into the U.S. Probably also aware that he had the disease and felt he would get better treatment here.

      I never knew this was what sawyerr did. What a horrible horrible man. He murdered 4 people. He will face his justice in heaven.

    • Author Unknown

      October 13, 2014 at 5:29 am

      I agree with you Iris. In these times, we should be our brother’s keepers. There’ll be time to trade accusations and render accounts.

    • Mz Socially Awkward

      October 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      I’m really wanting to root for the FCMC to just go ahead and haul the Ambassador’s behind to court but I can’t, for some of the reasons you’ve given. Also wondering why their lawyer hasn’t given them the same advice, particularly with regard to diplomatic immunity.

      That’s absolutely terrible about those four orphans being kicked out and stigmatised after their mum’s death. What sort of collective human beings would do that???

    • Author Unknown

      October 13, 2014 at 5:41 am

      Honestly Mz Socially Awkward. Their legal adviser, if at all they’ve spoken with one, must either be a few semesters away from his/ her LL.B. or simply needs to get paid. LOL. Stigmatization is never a good thing. I want to blame those perpetrating it, but I can’t of good conscience bring myself to. Same way I haven’t been able to blame Sawyer. We see so much, but we know for certain so little about how this deadly virus truly spreads. People are just plain afraid. It’s a sad situation all round.

    • Aibee

      October 13, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      I’m sorry, but did we all read the same Article? Where in this piece did he say the hospital was going to sue the Liberian Ambassador? Dr. Ohaieri never said anything about suing anyone. Vanguard and BN used the word “indict” in their headlines, probably in the sense of “to accuse someone of wrongdoing” as against the technical sense of “to lay a charge against someone in a law court.”

      @Author Unknown, there really was no need to call the hospital’s lawyer’s qualifications into question. You need to read and understand before typing.

  9. Hmmmm

    October 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Going before the law with “immense pressure” as a basis for your lawsuit is not going get nowhere you have a hard nut to crack.

  10. O~Intuition!

    October 12, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Very Painful losses.

  11. kay

    October 12, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Have they sue him? That’s the question. They need to take that action and serve him the court notice. He must face the music. I also learnt they have privilege to diplomatic immunity or whatever they call it. So, that immunity is above the law on our land.

  12. hmm

    October 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    He ll most likely have diplomatic immunity,but sometimes people need to be held responsible for their actions. And as mentioned by someone earlier Seems Liberians are a bit irresponsible. Look at Texas now under pressure and fear. Plus many Nigerians are being denied admissions and all sorts cos of the outbreak that we were able to get under control o.

  13. Maxime

    October 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    So sad to think of those four children losing their mother and then their home. And all the other families affected by this tragedy. Having lost their loved ones in service to humanity, I really hope the government intervenes to support them. Patrick Sawyer’s actions in actively trying to infect innocent people who were trying to help him… such wickedness. And the Liberian ambassador – only God knows what he was trying to achieve.
    But I am thankful that with God’s help, Nigeria has been able to curtail the spread of this disease. And I hope the other countries badly affected are able to do so too, especially now that the rest of the world has woken up to support their efforts. Meanwhile, the Nigerian authorities must remain vigilant as we are still at risk until Ebola is also curtailed in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

  14. Funmieo

    October 12, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    It’s their irresponsibility that is making Ebola spread in Liberia. The people have an obligation to be responsible not to spread the disease.

  15. mujer

    October 12, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Diplomatic immunity is a problem. that thing needs to be stripped. People get away with murder in the name of diplomatic immunity. Liberian govt should do the honorable thing and withdraw the Ambassador.

  16. Wifey

    October 13, 2014 at 4:29 am

    What about the Koyi man that brought EVD to Port Hacourt?

  17. Joyce

    October 13, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Too bad….. Can’t something be done for the four kids, a trust fund of some sort.

  18. hasana

    October 13, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I didn’t read anywhere that the hospital said they were suing the ambassador and so don’t see why people are railing against the hospital for that here. It was merely stated that the hospital had indicted the ambassador which means that they have accused him of wrongdoing. This is also reflected in the Medical Director’s statement above. This is significant and can form a good basis for the Federal Government of Nigeria to take up the matter amongst other considerations.

    All that being said, I grieve with the family of all the Nigerians (8 or 9 of them?) that were infected from this index case and hope they find solace and justice.

  19. Fume

    October 13, 2014 at 11:52 am

    This is just sad all round, i feel for the dead, their families and then First Consultant. i am sure business would not be the same for a very long time. People are afraid for their lives. God help us all

  20. Laura

    August 19, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    This is where government steps in, but alas they have done ABSOLUTELY nothing

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