Friday July 29, 2016
- Two years
ago, on this day Sierra Leone lost the first doctor in
the battle against the Ebola Virus Disease. The passing
away of the brave and dedicated Dr Sheik Umar Khan. Not
a word of reminder from the nation wreckers and thieves.
this day, two years ago, we lost the first of a number
of doctors in the battle against the treacherous and
devastating Ebola Virus Disease - an affliction that was
making its first devastating appearance on the health
landscape in Sierra Leone.
Despite initial reports by
certain journalists that the disease, which was then
ravaging victims in neighbouring Guinea could have
entered Sierra Leone through the porous borders as they
reported deaths similar to those in Guinea, the
"re-branders of the rat - false and selfish trolls to
boot" roundly condemned these journalists - describing them as
The then rat-appointed Health Minister
Miatta Kargbo was at her wits end and like the
rest of the gang of uncaring government woefully failed to put
in place the necessary measures that would have spared
the lives of the thousands that were killed by the
The so-called patriotic and shameless
vermin, who feeding fat on the droppings from the rat
are to be reminded of what one Samuel Johnson said -
"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" and we
would add the last refuge for the nation-wreckers, blood
money suckers and unrepentant thieves of Sierra Leone.
Doctors and other health workers, never having
encountered the rapid and devastating effects of the
disease were also caught quite unawares and had to play
things by ear in a system where health delivery as with
other vital services, was more of a political issue than
a pragmatic approach to the disease.
Nurses and doctors
at the Kenema Government Hospital where Dr Khan was
based believed or were made to believe that it could be
some form of the deadly Lassa fever which they were
familiar with and helped victims of the Ebola Virus
Disease to make them comfortable and save them from the
clutches of the disease.
They therefore found themselves
in contact with the body fluids of those affected and
got infected, not knowing what could have led to them
becoming victims. In desperation, many of them
improvised protection regimen that did not work as more
of them including the afflicted victims succumbed to the
ravages of the disease.
Dr Khan's death highlighted just how
wily the killer virus is as it goes all out to weaken
the body's defence systems and prepares the victim for
death. It would be recalled that while the good doctor
was busy attending to people who were badly in need of
help, he at one stage subjected himself to a test for
The initial test cleared him as free
of the virus. Despite this Dr Khan decided soon after
that to do a second test as he suspected that something
was not quite right with him. Here's what the UK
"At the time of his diagnosis, it was
not immediately clear how Dr Khan became infected. While
health workers are especially vulnerable to contracting
the virus spread through bodily fluids such as saliva,
sweat, blood and urine, Reuters reporters who visited
Kenema in June heard the doctor was “always meticulous
with protection, wearing overalls, mask, gloves and
Before his diagnosis, Dr Khan told
reporters: "I am afraid for my life, I must say, because
I cherish my life."
"Health workers are prone to the
disease because we are the first port of call for
somebody who is sickened by disease. Even with the full
protective clothing you put on, you are at risk," he
At one stage, as the death toll rose, calls for the
rat to visit the Kenema Government Hospital to see what
was happening in that part of the country where citizens
were dying in their numbers was ignored by the rat with
his "re-branders" and other thieves and nation wreckers
insisting that as the rat was/is the number one citizen,
he should not expose himself to nor witness the ravages
of the disease.
At one stage, after assurances that he
would be flying to Kenema came another excuse. That
there was not enough fuel in the helicopter for a flight
to the epicentre (The rat called it epic centre) of the disease and so abandoned any
idea of witnessing the toll of the disease on the same
citizens he had taken an oath to care for, through thick
Indeed the battle against the Ebola Virus Disease
took on a political hue in the hands of the uncaring and
evil cabal headed by the rat. All cases of the disease
from any part of the country were sent to Kenema where
an overwhelmed and exhausted health system were well
past breaking point.
The Sierra Herald pointed out in
article after article that health centres should be set
up in other parts of the country to ease the burden on
the Kenema facilities. It all fell on deaf and uncaring
ears as victims from especially the north of the country
were ferried over long distances to Kenema.
Many died on
the way being unable to reach the Kenema facilities.
Those who got there died even before they were seen by
overstretched and overworked health workers.
In the end and with a certain degree of reluctance,
the rat finally declared a state of national emergency,
a vital cog that should have been done in the initial
phase and which neighbouring Liberia under President
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf had put in place.
Liberia was the
last of the three countries to be hit after Guinea and
Sierra Leone. International appeals were made by
governments, non-governmental organisations as well as
the World Health Organisation, the WHO to help Sierra
Help poured in from all parts of the world - from
African countries through European states to the United
States and China as caring people rushed in to help the
people of Sierra Leone.
As we now know, this lack of direction in the initial
attacks of the disease was a deliberate ploy by the rat
and his cabal to create a putrid pot of money made from
the sufferings of the Ebola dead as well as survivors that would be
shared by him and his associates parading as contractors
agents for ambulances and other
paraphernalia needed in the fight against the disease.
Contracts were dished out for all manner of money-making
ventures as victims died in their thousands. Contracts
for the feeding of those afflicted were awarded to
vultures and rats handpicked by the chief rat at State
There was the Information Minister,
one Alpha Khan, sensing the kill that is to be made from
funds flowing to combat the killer disease came out with
a what his praise singing sections of shameless and
slimy vermin passing off as journalists - the Alfaka
This was a conduit hurriedly set up by
the con artist to siphon funds meant for the fight
against the killer disease into his pocket using all
tactics to ward off the light of probity.
The reports by the
Auditor General threw the light on
what had been going on under cover of helping the
afflicted. It was now clear that despite the rat's
declaration that anyone meddling in the finances of the
health delivery system for personal gain was feeding on
blood money never stemmed the flow of funds into the
pockets of individuals.
No one was punished despite the
What we noticed was that in the
wake of the revelations, there arose a battle between
one RASSin Bundu calling himself Majority Leader of a
disgraced, not fit for purpose and opportunistic
Parliament and the then head of the Anti Corruption
Commission one Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara over the right
to bring the shameless thieves and blood money
racketeers to justice. In the end, the nation wreckers
were let off the hook.
The Anti Corruption Commission allowed
its powers to be usurped by a compliant Parliament, the
Police even after seeing a public document that shows
wrong-doing did not left a finger to bring culprits to
book neither did the even more compliant Judiciary that
should be independent of the other two arms of good
governance - the Executive headed by the rat and the
Legislature whose Speaker was put in place after the
usual criminal dexterity of all those who had sworn to
defend the Constitution.
A report by one respected
OSIWA, observed -
"The audit report noted multiple
inconsistencies, including: 26 billion Leones incentive
frontline workers without proof of payments.
The Incentive payment list had names
of about 271 ghost workers, totalling 216 million Leones
A failure to produce contract
agreements for vehicles, ambulances and construction of
an Ebola Treatment Centre in Port Loko, the northern
district of the country was reported.
The opposition Sierra Leone People's
Party (SLPP) has called for “a public inquiry into the
audit report and the management of the national fight of
the Ebola Virus Disease since May 2014 to present and to
bring all wrong doers to book.”
On 17 February, Sierra Leone's Anti-Corruption
Commission issued a public notice calling on 40 named
individuals, institutions and companies to report to its
offices. All District Medical Officers will be summoned
at a later date.
meantime, knowing that all the money and paper trails
led to State House, the rat is quoted as saying -
"Government notes the ongoing public
interest concerning the Auditor-General's report...as
the law provides, parliament will debate the audit
report and make appropriate recommendations on the
issues raised therein…Government attaches paramount
importance to the
judicious use of the Ebola funds and will ensure proper
accountability for the use of these funds…those who are
found guilty of misusing Ebola funds will face the full
force of the law."
And what does
this mean in real terms?
in the land of the nation-wrecking gangsters.