EARLIER this week, President described Patrick Sawyer’s visit to Nigeria intentionally spread Ebola as “Madness”. Another available documents indicates that the government of Liberia is aware of his(sawyer) disease and yet let him come to Nigeria.
The document points that Mr. Sawyer’s employers, ArcelorMittal, an iron mining company, suspended him from work and isolated him after it became aware that he had contact with his sister who died of the virus on July 8. The company also issued an internal memo to staff of the company informing them that Mr. Sawyer had been referred to the Liberian Health ministry for testing and close observation.
The Liberian Government was aware that Patrick Sawyer, its
citizen who brought the ebola virus into Nigeria, had possibly
contracted the virus from his late sister, yet cleared him to travel
to Nigeria for a conference organised by the Economic Community
of West African States, ECOWAS.
The July 11 edition of Satellite, an internal newsletter of ArcelorMittal Liberia, said “A family member of an ArcelorMittal Liberia employee died on Tuesday, July 8, in Monrovia due to a confirmed case of the Ebola virus. The employee had minimal
contact with the victim, at the state where the virus was infectious.
“Doctors say the risk of potential transfer to any member of the
ArcelorMittal staff or contractors is very low. The employee has
submitted to the Ministry of Health for a medical examination for
possible Ebola infection, and has also requested the Ministry of
Health to make the result available to ArcelorMittal Liberia and its
close affiliates. There is no evidence to suggest that the employee
has been infected. Under the Ministry of Health guidelines, the
employee is being monitored on a daily basis and will continue to
do so for a period of 21 days. During this time the employee will be
absent from work.”
The July 25 edition of the Satellite, which announced Mr. Sawyer’s death, reads: “Patrick was last at the Buchanan site (of
AncelorMittal) on July 9 when he informed us about the death of
his sister. Having informed us of this news, Patrick was submitted
to the Ministry of Health for a medical observation and isolation
and requested not to return to work until he had passed through
the incubation period. He has not been at the Buchanan site or in
any ArcelorMittal office since that time.
But despite being under isolation and observation for the deadly
disease, the Liberian Government, through its Deputy Finance
Minister For Fiscal Affairs, Sebastian Muah, cleared Mr. Sawyer to
travel to Nigeria for an ECOWAS convention in Calabar.