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1 Villagers Kill Health Workers In Guinea Over Ebola on 21st September 2014, 10:56 am

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Latest reports inform that at least nine health workers have
been killed by villagers in Guinea while they were trying to
raise awareness about
the deadly Ebola virus.
According to BBC report, some of the bodies of the health
workers were found in a septic tank in a village school near
the city of Nzerekore.
It was gathered that the victims were murdered with
machetes and clubs following suspicious from many villagers
that the health workers are attempting to combat the
disease.
Investigation revealed that the deceased were pelted with
stones by residents when they arrived in the village of
Women in southern Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak was
first recorded.
According to a journalist who managed to escape the
incident, she said she could hear villagers looking for the
victims while she was hiding.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that a government delegation,
led by the health minister, had been dispatched to the region
but they were unable to reach the village by road because a
main bridge
had been blocked.
On Thursday night, government spokesman Albert
Damantang Camara said the victims had been “killed in cold
blood by the villagers”, claiming their bodies showed signs of
being attacked with machetes and clubs.
Seven bodies were said to be found in the septic tank and
two more in the bush.
However, six suspects have been arrested while the village
has been reportedly deserted.
BBC’s Makeme Bamba in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, says
many villagers accuse the health workers of spreading the
disease.
It was gathered that riots erupted in Nzerekore, 50 km (30
miles) from Wome, last month after speculation grew that
medics who were disinfecting a market were contaminating
people.
The World Health Organization, WHO, warned on Thursday
that the Ebola outbreak was accelerating, adding that more
than 700 new cases of Ebola have emerged in West Africa in
the last one week.
The statement informed that there had been more than
5,300 cases in total and that half of those were recorded in
the past three weeks.
The Ebola epidemic has struck Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea,
Nigeria and Senegal.
No fewer than seven people have died from the Ebola virus
in Nigeria since the late Patrick Sawyer brought the deadly
disease into Lagos on 20 July, 2014.

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