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European Union - EMERGENCY ONG ONLUS : Promoting Health and Education for children in Western Area Rural District, Sierra Leone
A recent article on the British newspaper The Guardian, (The Guardian, Monday 22 December, 2014) reported several groundless conjectures, lies and unverified information about Emergency's work in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Some of these unsubstantiated accusations have also been written by the same group of NHS doctors as a response to a BMJ article (http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7198/rapid-responses) and have been reported in an article on Aljazeera website.
On the 28th December, the first Ebola patient treated in Africa with the experimental drug ZMAb has been discharged from the Ebola Treatment Centre run by EMERGENCY NGO in Goderich, Sierra Leone.
A.M., 72 years old, had been admitted 2 weeks ago in very critical conditions.
The ZMAb used for A. M. had been requested by the Ministry of Health of Sierra Leone to treat dr. Victor Willoughby, a leading doctor in the country. Dr. Willoughby, unfortunately died as soon as the drug arrived in country.
An EMERGENCY NGO doctor who works at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Lakka, in Sierra Leone, has developed the symptoms of Ebola. In accordance with the Ministry of Health and the Foreign Office, his medical evacuation to Italy has been arranged. The doctor is in good general condition, and will be leaving Sierra Leone today so he can be treated at the Istituto Spallanzani in Rome.
A member of EMERGENCY's international staff has contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. The patient is a Ugandan paediatrician who works at EMERGENCY's Centre for treatment of Ebola patients in Lakka, in the area around the capital Freetown.
He has begun the treatment at the Lakka Centre and his overall conditions are stable. He has been transferred today to Germany to continue the treatment.
Ebola: Emergency NGO opens a treatment centre in Sierra Leone
Emergency doctors and nurses are already working round-the-clock at the Ebola treatment centre opened just 4 days ago in Lakka, in Sierra Leone.
So far, the centre has taken in 10 patients, and 2 suspect cases are on their way now from the province of Pujehun.
Don Emanuel, the Spanish priest brought to the Emergency centre last Friday, was taken back to his country this morning. He's in a critical condition.
According to the latest report from the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health, 783 cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the country, 20 in Freetown alone.
Despite this, EMERGENCY's surgical centre and paediatric centre were the only fully functional health facilities in the area in and around the capital.
The local paediatric hospital, Ola During Children Hospital, is closed; the Connaught Hospital is operating erratically due to the absence of medical personnel, frightened by the spreading infection and afraid of catching the virus.