Fourth doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone – WHO unable to assist with evacuation

People stand around a man, right, suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus in a main street and busy part in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The virus continues to rage through West Africa, and many now fear the outbreak is out of control.
September 2014 FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone has lost a fourth doctor to Ebola after a failed effort to transfer her abroad for medical treatment, a government official said Sunday, a huge setback to the impoverished country that is battling the virulent disease amid a shortage of health care workers. Dr. Olivet Buck died late Saturday, hours after the World Health Organization said it could not help medically evacuate her to Germany, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brima Kargbo confirmed to The Associated Press. Sierra Leone had requested funds from WHO to transport Buck to Europe, saying the country could not afford to lose another doctor. WHO had said that it could not meet the request but instead would work to give Buck “the best care possible” in Sierra Leone, including possible access to experimental drugs.
Ebola is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of sick patients, making doctors and nurses especially vulnerable to contracting the virus that has no vaccine or approved treatment. More than 300 health workers have become infected with Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Nearly half of them have died, according to WHO. The infections have exacerbated shortages of doctors and nurses in West African countries that were already low on skilled health personnel. So far, only foreign health and aid workers have been evacuated abroad from Sierra Leone and Liberia for treatment. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor, was being considered for evacuation to a European country when he died of the disease in late July. –UTS
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6 Responses to Fourth doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone – WHO unable to assist with evacuation

  1. Scarlett says:

    How terrible this picture of people standing and watching a man laying on bare ground, sick, unnattended and very possibly dying. How many others will suffer the same fate? Real food for thought and prayer.


  2. drswig says:

    that’s insane!


  3. hu6098 says:

    another side to the story?
    And isn’t the guy on the ground the same guy as in the article posted before this one? So there’s only an image of one (possible?) ebola victim.


  4. What good are these organizations like WHO, CDC, FDC, UN, NATO?
    It’s like whenever we are in trouble they seem to be unavailable but they are willing to control and place laws, rules, and regulations against humanity.


    • feedscrn says:

      I am waiting for the American black community to step up and help: i.e. Black doctors and nurses and other black medical staff. They should have been there a -long- time ago. It seems that for some reason, “it’s not their problem!”. strange.


  5. niebo says:

    While I am not sure that evacuation is the best solution (just imagine if one of those evac planes were to crash in Cairo, Stuttgart, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Atlanta, or NYC, etc.), I am confronted yet again (perhaps by my own cognitive disso-na-na-na, er, ignoramousness) by another suggestion that the WHO is, somehow, incapable of confronting this virus. So . . . how, exactly, is the WHO (the, er, health department for the UN) “unable to assist”?

    Oh, no, wait, what I meant to ask is “Why is the UN unable to assist?”

    Oh, no, wait, er, sorry; what I meant is, “The WHO cannot meet the request because . . . the UN does not want it to?”

    :/ Right?

    So . . . is this how “we” will leave “them” to their own devices while it, er, “burns itself out”?


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