Top Sierra Leone doctor dies of Ebola


FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) – Authorities say the top doctor treating Ebola in Sierra Leone has died from the disease.

Dr. Shek Umar had been hospitalized in quarantine since he contracted the virus that has killed more than 670 people across West Africa this year.

His death Tuesday was confirmed by chief medical officer Dr. Brima Kargbo.

Health workers have been especially vulnerable to contracting Ebola, which is spread through bodily fluids such as saliva, sweat, blood and urine. Two American health workers are currently being hospitalized with Ebola in neighboring Liberia.

The Ebola outbreak is the largest in history with deaths blamed on the disease in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and also Nigeria.


The physicians, nurses, and other staff who care for patients with Ebola are all heroes. They put their lives on the line, daily, to try to save others. And they do so while wearing head to toe protective gear for hours in the tropical heat

[H]ealth workers need special training to avoid infection and must wear several layers of protective clothing — gowns, masks, goggles, boots, gloves and waterproof aprons or coveralls. The gear is suffocatingly hot and people can tolerate it for only so long in the tropics. The masks can fog up, making a risky business of, say, inserting an intravenous line or drawing blood. Another peril can come from taking off the protective gear, which must be removed according to a strict protocol.

Under such conditions, it has been difficult to find health care workers willing to tend to Ebola victims.

Early this month at a hospital in Sierra Leone, Dr. Daniel Bausch and another physician found themselves alone in a ward with 55 patients infected with the deadly Ebola virus. The nurses had walked out in a dispute over extra pay to take care of the Ebola patients, and some were also staying away for fear of contracting the disease, which has killed health workers.

Dr. Bausch and his colleague, both working for the World Health Organization, did what they could.

“Even if you wanted to be the hero, you couldn’t take care of 55 people,” he said. “We tried to attend to the most important things we could attend to in terms of people who were the sickest. To be honest, it sounds terrible, not really the sickest, but the sickest who you think have chances of surviving.


Fear and hostility, directed at health care workers, is another danger.

Health workers here say they are now battling two enemies: the unprecedented Ebola epidemic, which has killed more than 660 people in four countries since it was first detected in March, and fear, which has produced growing hostility toward outside help. On Friday alone, health authorities in Guinea confirmed 14 new cases of the disease.

Workers and officials, blamed by panicked populations for spreading the virus, have been threatened with knives, stones and machetes, their vehicles sometimes surrounded by hostile mobs. Log barriers across narrow dirt roads block medical teams from reaching villages where the virus is suspected. Sick and dead villagers, cut off from help, are infecting others.

This month, Doctors Without Borders classified 12 villages in Guinea as “red,” meaning they might harbor Ebola but were inaccessible for safety reasons.


Praying for the repose of his soul & the souls of all who have died. Praying for the health & recovery of all those afflicted with the disease. Praying for all those affected.


Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.


I pray they learn about this virus and find a cure.
The doctors and nurses who care for these patients are so brave.

This is the biggest outbreak but there are actually patients surviving the outbreak which is unusual. If the ebola virus gets outside of africa by a traveller it will make all the other headlinea disappear.
This is one thing that scares me about our open border right now.

I pray for all the nurses and doctors and staff who are battling this terrible virus and those who are departed.


One thing people need to know is that ebola will never have a global outbreak because of it’s nature of transmission.

The condition cannot be transmitted until the individual is noticeably very ill and symptomatic. This dynamic prevents it from becoming a global pandemic as the sufferers would not be traveling will contagious.

Now those who work with the patients, if not taking complete biohazard measures are susceptible.


What about the man that just died in nigeria? He just got off the plane.
He had been taking care of his sister in liberia. He was sick on the plane. He got off the plane in lagos and died.


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