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Ebola Strains Sierra Leone Healthcare System

Joe DeCapua | Voice of America   in 
October 17, 2014

The head of World Hope International says Sierra Leone has a shortage of ambulances and isolation centers, making it much more difficult to contain the Ebola outbreak. The virus has killed more than 600 people in the country.

WHI President John Lyon said the Ebola virus continues its rapid spread in Sierra Leone.

“There are about five new infections per hour there. So the rate of infection is greatly outstripping the number of beds they have to hold patients.”

He said some hospitals have ambulances, some don’t. So, people often take taxis, which contribute to the spread of the disease. WHI has donated some of its vehicles to be used as ambulances.

“You really need to have people who are trained in infection control to be able to move people who have Ebola around. That’s a major problem across the country,” he said.

Lyon said Sierra Leoneans are scared and hope the outbreak ends soon. The disease has forced them to change their behavior.

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