Liberian deaths far higher than what’s been reported in the news

October 2014 LIBERIA The true death toll from the Ebola epidemic is being masked by chaotic data collection and people’s reluctance to admit that their loved ones had the virus, according to one of West Africa’s most celebrated film-makers. Sorious Samura, who has just returned from making a documentary on the crisis in Liberia, said it is very clear on the ground that the true number of dead is far higher than the official figures being reported by the World Health Organization. Liberia accounts for more than half of all the official Ebola deaths, with a total of 2,458. Overall, the number of dead across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has exceeded 4,500. Samura, a television journalist originally from Sierra Leone, said the Liberian authorities appeared to be deliberately downplaying the true number of cases, for fear of increasing alarm in the west African country. “People are dying in greater numbers than we know, according to MSF [Médecins sans Frontières] and WHO officials. Certain departments are refusing to give them the figures – because the lower it is, the more peace of mind they can give people.
The truth is that it is still not under control.” WHO has admitted that problems with data-gathering make it hard to track the evolution of the epidemic, with the number of cases in the capital, Monrovia, going under-reported. Efforts to count freshly dug graves had been abandoned. Local culture is also distorting the figures. Traditional burial rites involve relatives touching the body – a practice that can spread Ebola – so the Liberian government has ruled that Ebola victims must be cremated. “They don’t like this burning of bodies,” said Samura, whose programme will air on 12 November on Al Jazeera English. “Before the government gets there they will have buried their loved ones and broken all the rules.”
Kim West of MSF admitted that calculating deaths was “virtually impossible”, adding that only when retrospective surveys were conducted would the true figure be known. Samura believes sexual promiscuity among westerners could play a role in the virus’s spread abroad. Almost immediately after the outbreak was reported in March, Liberia’s health minister warned people to stop having sex because the virus was spread via bodily fluids as well as kissing.“I saw westerners in nightclubs, on beaches, guys picking up prostitutes,” he said. “Westerners who ought to know better are going to nightclubs and partying and dancing. It beggars belief.It’s scary.” He said another striking feature was that the ineffectiveness of years of aid had been laid bare: “Money has poured in from the west, but it has gone to waste. Ebola should make us think about how the west gives aid to Africa; aid has not been used to create a system able to cope with this challenge. Ebola has exposed the fact it is not working. That money has gone to waste.” –Guardian
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6 Responses to Liberian deaths far higher than what’s been reported in the news

  1. Dennis E. says:

    Good morning Alvin………..

    Yes, of it is because some bodies shave been thrown in the river, hidden burials, miscounts and just a 3rd world accounting system.

    On the other hand, here in the USA, who says our numbers are truly accurate?

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  2. John says:

    There are probably a few more unaccountable folks here in the US who also have ebola. And, even if the authorities knew about them, they might not want to publicize it because of the economic nose dive that Presbyterian Hospital and the surrounding doctor’s offices took this last week. The economy is the most important thing to the government. Since they saw the “sheeple” stampede this last week in fear of Ebola at the hospital, they now may be reluctant to publish any numbers or show any new faces of people who are infected. Money first, and people last. So, we will never know, and the government will start to do what it does best….coverups.

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  3. kafirbitch says:

    Many of them live in villages and are not reporting deaths…Its far higher than whats recorded

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  4. Yellow Bird says:

    “…sexual promiscuity among westerners could play a role in the virus’s spread abroad. Almost immediately after the outbreak was reported in March, Liberia’s health minister warned people to stop having sex because the virus was spread via bodily fluids as well as kissing.“I saw westerners in nightclubs, on beaches, guys picking up prostitutes…” “It beggars belief…”

    something else beggars belief. these Travelling Westerners Abroad behaving as Travelling Westerners Abroad frequently do- not so stunning. but how remarkable! -that ALL visitors from western nations instantly complied with official request to knock off the hanky panky! For its obvious they must have, as NONE have taken ebola home as a special Travelling Souvenir

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