VIDEO: 'Hungry' Liberia Ebola patient flees quarantine

Cape Town - In a vivid sign of the danger posed by inadequate health provision, a man escaped from an Ebola quarantine centre in Monrovia and sent people fleeing in fear as he walked through a market in search of food, according to Reuters.

Watch the video below

The patient, who wore a tag showing he had tested positive for Ebola, held a stick and threw stones at a doctor from the centre in the Paynesville neighbourhood who stood at a distance and tried to persuade him to give himself up.

At one point, he stumbled and fell, apparently weakened by illness. Healthcare workers wearing protective clothing forced him into a medical vehicle and returned him to the facility.

Liberia and other West African countries are struggling to enforce quarantine zones to halt the spread of the deadly virus amid a pervasive fear and mistrust of authorities.

Many patients have fled their isolation wards in Liberia and Sierra Leone, and in one sealed-off neighbourhood in Liberia, security forces recently fired on residents who were protesting the quarantine.

International medical agency Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday the world was "losing the battle" to contain Ebola as the United Nations warned of severe food shortages in the hardest-hit countries.

MSF told a UN briefing in New York that world leaders were failing to address the epidemic and called for an urgent global biological disaster response to get aid and personnel to west Africa.

More than 1 500 people have died from the Ebola outbreak, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The United Nations warned on Tuesday that food prices were rising and that border closures were preventing people from getting supplies they needed.

Guy Stocker 2014/09/03 01:19:30 PM
World war z . Here we come.
Ms M. 2014/09/03 01:21:26 PM
StormyWeather 2014/09/03 02:00:42 PM
Why is he hungry is my first reaction to this. You would have noticed the crowd jeering at the medics in Hazmat suits. Many people North of us believe that the white man brought this disease to Africa. They also seem to think that if you go away with the guys in the yellow suits you will never come back. They do not understand that a small percentage of people actually do get better if ebola is caught early. I do wonder if they will be willing to take the tablets when the rollout begins...
Mouna Cox 2014/09/03 02:04:52 PM
scared of watching the video....surprising how people are running behind him barefoot and he is also barefoot...mhmmmm, guess im the only freak here
mlindos 2014/09/03 02:12:26 PM
Oh my africa:'-(
Nkosingiphile Ngubane 2014/09/03 02:13:48 PM
Hawema, and how many people did he manage to infect!
Thabelo Shoeshoe Moshoeshoe 2014/09/03 02:48:09 PM
owh my goodness ,dis is freaky,freaky,freaky! m glad im South African i always wear shoez for 1,d hospitals got securities by d gates,as 4 d quarantine dey shud b having eletrical fences,damn !!!!
Pebe Tsime 2014/09/03 02:53:12 PM
Africa's Piblic reaction like staying home when desparately ill during the outbeak and government's praparedness like providing resourses will make it harder to contain the Ebola spread, half is coused by confution and fear.
Christina Setloboko 2014/09/03 03:24:48 PM
Eish its hectic out there, shame may GOD help Africa.
Kirsty Prinsloo 2014/09/03 03:31:12 PM
Rather scary that it might be the fifth patient that has left a quarantined zone.