Ofeibea Quist-Arcton September 8, 2014
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
This story takes us to a remote section of Liberia, one of the West African countries facing an Ebola outbreak. Liberia in fact faces the worst of a disease that has killed about 2,000 people across the region. Much attention is focused on the crisis in the capital city, Monrovia, but the situation in the far North of the country near the border with Guinea is also causing alarm. And Doctors Without Borders is struggling against the disease there. NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.
OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON, BYLINE: This is Lofa County, lush, green countryside where Ebola reportedly first landed in northern Liberia with an infected person crossing the border from neighboring Guinea. Here at the Doctors Without Borders tent hospital, an orange, plastic fence isolates the medical zone from the local community in Foya. They’re seeing Ebola patients and suspected cases. Dr. Masood Jivadi says the pace has kept up during the three weeks he’s been there.
MASOOD JIVADI: We continue to get very sick patients and from very far-flung areas. I mean, not just the immediately surrounding areas, but we sometimes send teams two, two-and-a-half hours into the countryside to bring patients back, so the patients come from all over.