FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE—A doctor in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola — the fifth local doctor in the West African nation to die of the disease, authorities said Monday.
The death of Dr. Godfrey George, medical superintendent of Kambia Government Hospital in northern Sierra Leone, was a blow to efforts to keep desperately needed health-care workers safe in a country ravaged by the deadly virus.
Sierra Leone’s health-care system was already fragile before the Ebola epidemic because of past conflict and a lack of resources. The country had two doctors for every 100,000 people in 2010, compared to about 240 doctors for the same number of people in the United States, according to the World Health Organization.
Doctors and nurses have been particularly vulnerable to contracting Ebola, as the virus is spread through bodily fluids.
*Graph courtesy of the CDC MMWR dated 16 Sept 2014.
Ebola is high on the agenda of a regional meeting of the World Health Organization that opened Monday in Benin, a West African nation that has not had any Ebola cases.
The Ebola epidemic has set back political stability and economic recovery in the afflicted countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, WHO chief Margaret Chan said at the meeting. She also noted the disease’s “heavy toll on frontline domestic medical staff.”
*Graph: cited in CDC “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)” for September 26, 2014
Their research states:
If trends continue without additional interventions, the model estimates that Liberia and Sierra Leone will have approximately 8,000 total Ebola cases (21,000 total cases when corrected for under reporting) by September 30, 2014. Liberia will account for approximately 6,000 cases (16,000 corrected for underreporting). Total cases in the two countries combined are doubling approximately every 20 days. Cases in Liberia are doubling every 15–20 days, and those in Sierra Leone are doubling every 30–40 days).
Everything is fine. We are in the very best of hands. It’s not like the Obola Administration would knowingly lie to you, right? Right?
Oh. And voting day is tomorrow.
Math Just Is.