An Emerging Healthcare Crisis Caused by the Ebola Outbreak

The Ebola outbreak is creating a healthcare crisis as people are unable to access the life-saving surgical and medical treatment they need due to the closing of hospitals, the deaths of healthcare workers and the strain on the entire region as local personnel are being relocated to focus on treating and stopping Ebola, leaving many others in need of treatment with no place to go, except for our hospital.

Last Monday the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, visited the EMERGENCY hospital in Goderich.

We told him that the closure of the children’s hospital and the operating rooms in the general hospital are having serious effects on our ability to treat people in need.

Sierra LeoneWe did not have to explain much; he was able to see the overflowing wards for himself, as well as the guest housing, built for family members of people being treated at our hospital who come from great distances, that has recently been converted into an additional ward in order to treat as many children as possible.

In the meantime, we have also placed another child into one of our two Ebola isolation wards. His name is Ibrahim and he is 9 years old. We are waiting for the results of the Ebola test with our fingers crossed.

We will continue to treat people like 12-year-old Mohamed every day with high-standard free-of-charge healthcare, as we’ve done in Sierra Leone since 2001.

If you would like to help us protect our brave staff from Ebola so they can continue to treat people in need, at the only hospital of it’s kind in all of Sierra Leone, please click here to donate now.

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