A very important video, one that looks at the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Liberia’s capital from the perspective of a healthcare worker on the very spear point of the effort to fight the disease, an ambulance driver — the very first to see cases bvefore they arrive at one of the horrendously overcrowded treatment facilities.
To really grasp the stark reality conveyed in the video report, we suggest you play it at full 1080p resolution [click on the little cogwheel and set 1080p with the Quality arrow].
From Ben C. Solomon of the New York Times:
Fighting the 2014 Ebola Virus Outbreak Street by Street
Some ambulance workers in Monrovia have been infected with Ebola, while others have been attacked for not getting to patients in time. A week on the road as Liberia’s capital dips deeper into crisis.
An excerpt from the accompanying story:
Racing along cracked and bumpy roads here, Gordon Kamara shouted into his cellphone over the shrieking sirens of his ambulance. The phone had been ringing nonstop since 5 a.m.
“Not today! Not today!” Mr. Kamara, an ambulance nurse, yelled later in the day. “We are on the opposite side of town!”
The calls have all been the same in recent weeks: from friends, friends of friends, extended family, complete strangers. All of them have loved ones sick with Ebola and beg him to come quickly. Seven days a week, Mr. Kamara and his crew span Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, in a donated, old American ambulance — with California license plates still attached.
“It never stops,” said Mr. Kamara, getting another call the moment he hangs up.
The 15 or so ambulance teams bolting around the city have had many days of hard choices like this. Hundreds of new Ebola cases are reported each week in Monrovia, with many more never accounted for. And over the course of the epidemic, only a small percentage of them have ever made it to a hospital.