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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#HNNHealth Why are so many Doctors in West Africa DYING of the #EBOLA virus?


More than 100 have died in Sierra Leone. That’s a lot for a country with just two physicians for every 100,000 people. The United States has 245 doctors per 100,000 — more than 100 times as many.

Salia joins a long list of prominent doctors to fall victim to Ebola in Sierra Leone. Others include Dr. Godfrey George, medical superintendent of Kambia Government Hospital in northern Sierra Leone, who died earlier this month; Dr. Olive Buck, who was in charge of Lumley Government Hospital in the Sierra Leonean capital of Freetown and died in September; Dr. Modupeh Cole, who died last August at the Ebola treatment center operated by Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) in the northeastern town of Kailahun; and Dr. Sheik Umar Khan who died at Kenema in July.

In Nigeria, we had Dr Iyke Enemuo and Dr Ameyo Adadevoh as well as Dr Samuel Brisbane in Liberia. The bulk of doctors in Liberia were Americans who were transported back to their country and all cured. The politics involved in this is so complicated that the race card is being pulled all over the place and it is not necessary. Hear my latest podcast here.

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