BY CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY ASSOCIATED PRESS
The deaths bring the number of Sierra Leonean doctors killed by Ebola to nine.
Dr. Thomas Rogers, who had worked at Connaught Hospital in the capital, died Friday, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brima Kargbo. Dr. Dauda Koroma also died Friday, said Jonathan Abass Kamara, a spokesman for the Health Ministry
The disease is currently spreading fastest in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone has the lowest mortality for Ebola. This blog calculates the mortality at around 23%. The lowest compared to Liberia and Guinea. So the report that ebola is spreading fastest in Sierra Leone is discordant.
The high number of infections in health workers has deterred many from volunteering to work on Ebola wards, especially local health workers. While foreign doctors and nurses who have become infected have been evacuated for treatment at world-class hospitals abroad, locals are typically treated in-country.
In an effort to address that disparity, special clinics dedicated to the treatment of health care workers and staffed by foreigners have opened in Sierra Leone and Liberia and another is planned for Guinea. Rogers was treated at one of those, a clinic in Kerry Town staffed by British army medics.
- Foreign medical staff are evacuated from West Africa. What does that say about the standard of care being given to West Africans by the foreign medical teams?
- Is it not hypocritical of a nurse or doctor to say, they are there to treat Ebola patients but the moment they are infected request to be evacuated?
- Does this concern or reluctance to stay after infection not underline a deficiency in Ebola care for the locals?
- What is the deficiency in the treatment being given to locals?
- WHO has requested over $1B in funds, how much of this will leave a medical legacy in the affected countries?
“We have all talked about the challenge of getting additional foreign-national medical teams into the West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak,” Aylward said.
“One of the key challenges all along has centered around medevac, getting people out if they got sick, getting them somewhere to where they could get the level of care they have wanted.”
Surely as there are no surgical procedures involved, the treatment/protocol is fundamental, NOT where it is given. Would intravenous vitamin C be less effective in West Africa compared to a hospital in Vienna?