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EBOLA: More Fishy Business in Nigeria, Sierra Leone

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posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 08:51 AM
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Doctors and nurses who volunteered to work in Nigeria's Ebola wards are getting stiffed - they were promised hazard pay and insurance on top of their salaries, but they've been paid nothing at all, not even their salaries. In addition, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu denies the N1.9 billion released for the management of Ebola was for the Ebola fund - he says, “It is not for Ebola fund. It will be used to procure more vehicles for working which have been ordered. It would be used to procure more drugs that have been ordered …and other items.” Oddly, Nigeria is touted in the West as a model in the fight against Ebola, but from the beginning, Nigerian officials have been contradicting one another with their lies. What exactly is being covered up is not clear.

Meanwhile, Sierra Leone announced a 4-day lockdown to "stop Ebola's spread" - even though the disease's incubation period can last up to 3 weeks. At best, the lockdown will be totally useless. At worst, says Doctors Without Borders (MSF), it risks driving Sierra Leone's Ebola victims "underground", and potentially spreading the disease further. So what does Sierra Leone hope to accomplish, really?

As it happens, both Nigeria and Sierra Leone contracted with US interests including USAMRIID to allow research into viral hemorrhagic fevers (Sierra Leone around 2003, Nigeria 2008). The agreements specified that the research would be conducted without ethical oversight. Research facilities were set up at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone, and Irrua Teaching Hospital-University of Lagos in Nigeria.

At this point, it sounds like all the "containment efforts" are bs-business-as-usual-in-Africa - smoke, mirrors and payoffs for silence and more cover-ups.


EBOLA: Why Lagos health volunteers may go on strike soon

Dozens of (Ebola) volunteers at the Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, of the Yaba Mainland Hospital, Lagos, where patients down with Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, are receiving treatment have threatened to stop reporting to their duty posts over non-payment of their emoluments by the Nigerian government.

…It was gathered that while medical doctors and nurses who had volunteered to attend to patients down with the Ebola virus are being paid N50,000 and N40,000 per shift respectively; the monies have not been forthcoming since a fortnight ago.

Other low cadre workers at the IDH such as the ward attendants and laundry men who take care of the patients’ laundry have also not been paid.

…“And not just without pay, initially, what was agreed was that at the end of each shift, you take your pay and go home.

“Right now they are just compiling, they are not paying us, we just work and go home, and this is like over two weeks now, no pay, and nobody is addressing us whether pay is coming or not.

…Last month, the Lagos State government had announced that in conjunction with the federal government, it would provide life insurance to health volunteers at the IDH.

….“The hazardous jobs will have hazard packages that include life insurance,” Mr. Idris had added.

But several (Ebola) volunteers interviewed by PREMIUM TIMES said that one month after the promise, they are yet to be briefed about their life insurance packages.

…“Dr. Abdulsalam is the one that relates between us and the state. He normally brings our pay,” one (Ebola) volunteer said. “He has not told us anything to hold on, rather he’ll tell us that there is no money and if you try to talk further he will be hostile to you,” he added.

Phone calls and text messages to Dr. Abdulsalami were unanswered, so also were phone calls and text messages to Dr. Idris.

But Faisal Shuaib, Head of the Ebola virus Emergency Operations Centre in Lagos told PREMIUM TIMES that the claims were untrue.

“Every documented, verified volunteer is being paid handsomely. I am sure you know this,” Dr. Shuaib said in a text message response. ….“Investigate and find out that there is something that is wrong going on and then I’ll follow it up,” he added.


Lockdown for Ebola

Sierra Leone yesterday announced a four-day nationwide lockdown in a desperate attempt to halt the continuing spread of Ebola.

In a move to slow infection rates and allow health workers to isolate fresh cases of the disease, people will not be allowed to leave their homes from 18 to 21 September.

More than 21,000 people will be recruited to maintain the lockdown. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, an adviser on the country's Ebola task force, said the hardline approach was "necessary to deal with the spread of Ebola once and for all".

Médecins sans Frontières said the measure risked driving victims "underground", and potentially spreading the disease further. The fight against it has already been hindered by misinformation, and mistrust of health workers.


Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium (VHFC)

The Consortium is a collaboration between Tulane, Scripps Research Institute, Broad Institute, Harvard University, University of California at San Diego, University of Texas Medical Branch, Autoimmune Technologies LLC, Corgenix Medical Corporation, Kenema Government Hospital (Sierra Leone), Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (Nigeria) and various other partners in West Africa.



USAMRIID (U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases), located at Fort Detrick, Maryland, is the lead medical research laboratory for the U.S. Biological Defense Research Program, and plays a leading role in national defense and in infectious disease research. …

Corgenix and USAMRIID are members of the Viral Hemorrhagic fever Consortium


In collaboration with its research partners from the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium (VHFC), Corgenix recently completed a multi-year study conducted at the Kenema Government Hospital (KGH) in Kenema, Sierra Leone.


NOTE: Early reports described the Kenema region of Sierra Leone as the "epicenter" of the Ebola outbreak. This was later 'modified,' and history re-written.


Raphael Frankfurter, executive director of the Wellbody Alliance, which provides clinical services in a diamond-mining district of Sierra Leone bordering Guinea, where the outbreak began.


The International Food Policy Research Institute published a report in 2013, finding that in Sierra Leone (the epicenter of the outbreak)…..


.......more




posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 08:52 AM
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.......cont'd



Molecular Diagnostics for Lassa Fever at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Nigeria: Lessons Learnt from Two Years of Laboratory Operation

……..The study was classified as a service evaluation and granted exemption from ethical review by the Research and Ethics Committee of ISTH. …….Service evaluation is exempt from ethical review according to the National Code of Health Research Ethics, National Health Research Ethics Committee, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria.



NOTE: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was in the field at/near the epicenter from January-February - the epicenter being the area where the borders of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia all meet. MSF was treating patients from Sierra Leone and Liberia, not just Guinea. However, only Guinea chose to report their Ebola cases to the WHO - Sierra Leone and Liberia both denied Ebola's presence in their countries. As you know, the WHO is in a tricky political position and cannot document cases unless nations release reports. In addition, previous outbreaks remained isolated and "burned out" before spreading - the (off site) "experts" assumed the same would happen despite warnings to the contrary from MSF - and besides, the WHO's budget had been slashed. By March, MSF called "Ebola Epidemic" saying it "could become a global crisis" at that time. ....It was 2 months before people started listening, and 3 months before any action was taken. Sierra Leone and Liberia did not start reporting til when? June? During that delay the ISIS crisis ...evolved. We're still waiting for concerted appropriate action on the Ebola epidemic.



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 09:08 AM
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a reply to: soficrow


from the beginning, Nigerian officials have been contradicting one another with their lies. What exactly is being covered up is not clear.

Like so many governments the corruption at the top doesn't change in the face of catastrophe, rather it becomes more pronounced. Easy to keep hidden in times of plenty and more visible when their Paradigm is threatened, like now.

I imagine they absconded with the dough, preparing for their flight in case things continue to decline. In the end they will run off with the entire treasury leaving the hapless people to fend for themselves. This is a further reason why the problem continues to deteriorate, people at the top can't see beyond the desire for their own safety and prosperity.



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 09:37 AM
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Yes, it certainly sounds as if someone is taking the money. Question-- If you volunteer, then why is it you expect pay?



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 09:40 AM
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a reply to: intrptr

Exactly! Given the possibility that the disease will sky-rocket and kill many of the doctors, nurses and other personnel, the paymasters say to themselves, "Humm. They all may catch the disease and die, so we'll hold off on their wages wait to see who's left to pay." The real gimmick comes in "ordering" supplies. As the stacks of money goes through various hands, it miraculously starts diminishing and becoming and less and less accountable.



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 11:06 AM
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I'm still waiting on concerted appropriate action on the Fukushima Crisis.

As for the money.. i don't think you'd have to look much further than the politicians pockets to find it.



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 11:13 AM
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originally posted by: w8tn4it
Yes, it certainly sounds as if someone is taking the money. Question-- If you volunteer, then why is it you expect pay?


Because they were paid health workers and up comes a job no one will do so



they were promised hazard pay and insurance on top of their salaries


Under those circumstances would you not expect your pay?



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 01:14 PM
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a reply to: soficrow



At this point, it sounds like all the "containment efforts" are bs-business-as-usual-in-Africa - smoke, mirrors and payoffs for silence and more cover-ups.


Coming in 5...4...3...2...1...Wag the Dog.



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 02:49 PM
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originally posted by: w8tn4it
....Question-- If you volunteer, then why is it you expect pay?


They were salaried employees who volunteered for hazardous duty - meaning they were not assigned to work with Ebola patients. Sorry, thought I made that clear in the first sentence. ...The article's author uses the word 'volunteer' mistakenly, and first person to comment on the story in the OsunDefender criticized the writer for calling them "volunteers," rightly pointing out that it was misleading.



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 02:52 PM
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originally posted by: GogoVicMorrow
....As for the money.. i don't think you'd have to look much further than the politicians pockets to find it.


Actually, it seems to be rolling downhill a bit - check out the head doctor and administrator contacted by the Premier Times.



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 02:55 PM
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originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: soficrow


from the beginning, Nigerian officials have been contradicting one another with their lies. What exactly is being covered up is not clear.

Like so many governments the corruption at the top doesn't change in the face of catastrophe, rather it becomes more pronounced. .....


So I'm thinkin' the "top" in Nigeria includes USAMRIID researchers as well as Corgenix et al. Do you concur?



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 02:58 PM
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a reply to: drwill

The ISIS crisis broke just before the Ebola crisis.

Hmmmmm.



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 04:03 PM
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a reply to: soficrow
An abundance of crises/news fodder are growing on the vine, ripe for plucking, it seems. Russia, Gaza, Isis, earthquakes, Joan Rivers, airplane mysteries, and Ebola, a world away from McMuffins, Sunday football, and gran's apple fritters.



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posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 04:08 PM
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a reply to: soficrow



So I'm thinkin' the "top" in Nigeria includes USAMRIID researchers as well as Corgenix et al. Do you concur?

If you mean like they caused the outbreak… not likely. Doubler edged sword. Especially in a time when so many enemies are waiting for a "perfect nuke" to unleash on US.



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 04:21 PM
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a reply to: drwill

Joan Rivers? LoL!

Anyways...geez soficrow, thanks for this thread. This entire Ebola thing has seemed very hinky. I could not reconcile in my mind why such varied info and approaches from country to country. Or hell, even if the rest of the world should worry/not worry.

But, money being the root, as the saying goes, makes all of it more understandable ...greed, graft, corruption, collusion...all simply age-old issues complicating a dangerous emerging disease crisis.
It seems human folbles and character flaws could help spread the disease further, not just human contact the very ill or lack of safety precautions.



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 04:37 PM
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a reply to: kosmicjack



It seems human foibles and character flaws could help spread the disease further, not just human contact the very ill or lack of safety precautions.


Well said!

edit on 7-9-2014 by drwill because: (no reason given)



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 05:02 PM
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a reply to: drwill

Ah yes. Woke up this morning dreaming about matrixes.



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 05:03 PM
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originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: soficrow



So I'm thinkin' the "top" in Nigeria includes USAMRIID researchers as well as Corgenix et al. Do you concur?

If you mean like they caused the outbreak… not likely. Doubler edged sword. Especially in a time when so many enemies are waiting for a "perfect nuke" to unleash on US.



I suspect they may have been testing vaccines - and buggered up. Then they'd have to hide what they did. Happens.



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 05:07 PM
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a reply to: soficrow
Blue pill, red pill, pill-schmill.
btw, did you see the thread about Ebola vaccine testing?



posted on Sep, 7 2014 @ 05:11 PM
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a reply to: drwill

No. Off to find it. Next time a link? Please?



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