Sierra Leone Loses 4th Doctor To Ebola After WHO Refuses Evacuation; Dutch Evacuate Two Physicians
News outlets report on the care of physicians who become infected with Ebola, including a fourth Sierra Leonean doctor who passed away after being refused evacuation by the WHO.
Agence France-Presse: Dutch Ebola doctors ‘to be evacuated on Sunday’
“Two Dutch doctors feared to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone are set to be flown back to the Netherlands ‘as soon as possible,’ the foreign ministry said Saturday…” (9/13).
Agence France-Presse: Fourth Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola
“A fourth Sierra Leonean doctor, a woman, died Sunday after contracting the dreaded Ebola virus, a top health official said, while a Dutch charity repatriated two doctors suspected of having been contaminated with the disease…” (9/14).
Associated Press: 4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone
“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…” (Roy-Macaulay, 9/14).
Washington Post: Sierra Leone loses fourth doctor to Ebola. WHO declined to fly her out of the country for treatment.
“…Buck was head of the Lumley Health Centre in a dense suburb west of Freetown, the capital. She tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, apparently contracting it as she treated an Ebola patient, Reuters reported…” (Barbash, 9/15).