by David Cyril
According to FrontPage Africa, Patrick Sawyer, the Ebola infected Liberian-American who died in Lagos, was alleged to have urinated on the health workers who attended to him at the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia.
According to the doctors at the hospital, Mr. Sawyer when asked denied any prior contact with an Ebola patient. But they insisted he take the test.
“Upon being told he had Ebola, Mr. Sawyer went into a rage, denying and objecting to the opinion of the medical experts,” a doctor said. “He was so adamant and difficult that he took the tubes from his body and took off his pants and urinated on the health workers, forcing them to flee.”
Sawyer had exhibited similar disrespectful behaviour during his sister’s stay at the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia where she was taken to when she got infected with the Ebola virus.
According to the report, his behaviour had gotten the attention of the Liberian Presidency. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia cited indiscipline and disrespect as the key reason Sawyer contracted the Ebola virus. She said his failure to heed medical advice put the lives of other residents across the nation’s border at risk.
The report also stated that officials in Monrovia were in negotiations with ECOWAS to have Sawyer flown back to Liberia.
ECOWAS Ambassador in Liberia, in a text message, responded to a senior GoL official saying: “Your Excellency, the disease control department of the Federal Ministry of Health just contacted me through the hospital now, insisting that Mr. Sawyer be evacuated for now. Please advise urgently.”
The hospital would later report that it tried to resist the pressure to release Sawyer from its hospital, against the insistence from some higher-ups and conference organizers that he had a key role to play at the ECOWAS convention in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.
After the death of Mr. Sawyer and the recent demise of the Nigerian nurse who treated him, many are of the opinion that Mr. Sawyer may have spread the virus deliberately.