He was not much noted in life beyond West Africa, but his death has made Dr. Sheik Umar Khan world famous. Via Al Jazeera English: Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies. Excerpt and then a comment:
Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor has died from the disease, medical officials have said.
Sheik Umar Khan was infected earlier this month and died on Tuesday at a ward run by medical charity Doctors Without Borders in the far north of the country.
Miatta Kargbo, Sierra Leone's health minister, called Khan a "national hero" and praised his "tremendous sacrifice" in working to save the lives of others.
His death comes days after Samuel Brisbane, a senior doctor at Liberia's largest hospital, died on Saturday at an Ebola treatment centre on the outskirts of Monrovia.
Losing people like Drs. Khan and Brisbane must be profoundly demoralizing for their colleagues. They were truly the best and brightest in their countries, and if Ebola can kill people like them, what hope for ordinary healthcare workers?