Via FrontPageAfrica Online: Lives At Risk Over Ebola: Liberia's Health Care Workers in Danger. Click through for the full report with photos and a video. Excerpt:
Dr. Samuel Mutoro is not the first health care worker to die as a result of complications from the deadly Ebola outbreak. It is more than likely that he may not be the last. The Ugandan medical worker, assigned to the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town was the last to make contact with Esther Kesselley, the first recorded nurse to die from the outbreak in Liberia. The two cases point to rapidly growing dangers for health care workers in the line of fire in the war against Ebola.
The Ugandan medical worker, assigned to the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town was the last to make contact with Esther Kesselley, the first recorded nurse to die from the outbreak in Liberia. The two cases point to rapidly growing dangers for health care workers in the line of fire in the war against Ebola. Sources tell FrontPageAfrica that Mutoro was providing medical assistance to the nurse when he contracted the disease.
Since nurse Kesselley’s death, nurses across the country have been abandoning their posts, slamming the government for not providing them with adequate protective gears to guard them against those running to the hospital and diagnosed with the illness.
Less than 24 hours after Mutoro’s death, many who crossed his path recalled a man devoted to his craft and always willing to go the extra mile to offer relief – even if it meant, putting his own life at risk as was the case with the late Esther Kesselley.
“My mom & I are serious tears right now. This man saves my mother's life just this gone February when he did a surgery. Shame on our government, my house whole is in tears. I knew this Doctor. He was the most kind hearted person n A gentle hero,” wrote M. Leela Kpukuyou on FPA Facebook wall Wednesday.
Dr. Mutoro who hails from the western district of Kasese becomes the third Ugandan medical doctor to succumb to the deadly Ebola virus. Dr. Matthew Lukwiya, died in Lacor Hospital in 2000 during the first ever outbreak of the disease in Uganda. Dr Kule Jonah of Bundibugyo became the second and died in Mulago Hospital in 2007 during the second Ebola outbreak in Uganda after contracting the disease from patients in Bundibugyo district.
The disease continues to have a deadly toll on the population in three counties and as the ministry of health revealed on state owned broadcaster ELBC, more people are falling prey to the deadly virus.
“One hundred people today are confirmed, probable or suspected of the disease and of the one hundred, 64 are in Lofa, three in Margibi, 33 in Montserrado,” stated assistant minister for curative services, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah on Wednesday.
“There are 61 deaths as of today; confirmed, probable and suspected; 32 in Lofa, two in Margibi, 27 in Montserrado including health workers. The doctor that died is no exception to the cases we’re talking about.”