Liberia: ‘Life in Quarantine is Traumatizing’ – Woman Who Attempted Escape from a Holding Facility Explains

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Lydia told FrontPageAfrica that she is being made to stay an additional day at the Palm Spring Hotel, where she is being observed after coming into contact with a COVID-19 patient, “because someone in NPHIL did not take their job seriously”

MONROVIA – Lydia Tamba, the lady who attempted escaping COVID-19 observatory quarantine on Thursday afternoon has told FrontPageAfrica life in quarantine is “traumatizing”.


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She said, she is being made to stay an additional day at the Palm Spring Hotel, where she is being observed after coming into contact with a COVID-19 patient, “because someone in NPHIL did not take their job seriously”.

In a telephone conversation with FrontPageAfrica, she said, nine members of her family were taken to the Palm Spring for observation after their father, Francis Tamba, who works at NPHIL tested positive for coronavirus, but it’s been more than 17 days and they are still being kept at the facility.

She explained: “They told us we were to leave the quarantine center today after we got ready, the lab technician came to me and said I cannot go because they made mistake in handling my specimen and they needed to do a new test, so I will have to stay additional days here.

“We were nine members of our family brought here, seven of them have been freed today but two of us are being made to stay here because they want correct their negligence, so I refused and told them no one will put machine in my nose.”

“They told us we were to leave the quarantine center today after we got ready, the lab technician came to me and said I cannot go because they made mistake in handling my specimen and they needed to do a new test, so I will have to stay additional days here.”

– Lydia Tamba

Lydia’s father has since been discharged from the 14 Military Hospital while she’s being made to stay more days at the Palm Springs.

 “The process is irritating and unbearable. I cannot stand it, that is why you saw me out there. Since we’ve been here our temperature have remained normal. I am not sick and don’t feel sick. The annoying thing is you are made to stay indoors, the food they give us is not encouraging, and they bring water only in the morning and at night; it is boring here.”

She believes she must be made to suffer for someone else’s mistake. “It is not my fault. They keeping us in a place where there is no water, no television. Water and electricity only come in the morning and night we are in door throughout we don’t eat what we want, the food is not good.

“It is traumatizing, people throw food to our doors; we know we are not sick, since we’ve been here, none of us have come down with fever.”

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