An EMERGENCY doctor working at our Ebola Treatment Center in Lakka, Sierra Leone tested positive for Ebola. In accordance with the Ministry of Health and the Foreign Office, his medical evacuation was arranged and he was flown to Italy to be treated at the Istituto Spallanzani in Rome.
All the staff working in our Treatment Center are given specific training with regards protection protocols in order to avoid the risk of infection and the spreading of the virus. However, as Luca Rolla, EMERGENCY’s Medical Coordinator in Sierra Leone, explains, “no medical action can be considered entirely without risk during an epidemic of this kind.”
In Sierra Leone, the situation is dramatic: the epidemic continues to grow, with more than 100 new cases every day. According to World Health Organization data, there are over 5,000 people suffering from Ebola in this country, but the real figures could be far higher.
EMERGENCY will not be issuing any further statements for the time being in order to safeguard the privacy of the patient and his family.