SIERRA LEONE: WHO MOVED HEALTH WORKERS TO FREETOWN AFTER ONE INFECTED WITH EBOLA

GENEVA, Aug 28 — The World Health Organization (WHO) has temporarily pulled back its health workers from the Kailahun post in Sierra Leone to the capital, Freetown, after one of its health workers was infected with Ebola virus.

“This was the responsible thing to do. The field team has been through a traumatic time through this incident,” Dr Daniel Kertesz, WHO Representative in Sierra Leone, said.

“They are exhausted from many weeks of heroic work, helping patients infected with Ebola. When you add a stressor like this, the risk of accidents increases,” Kertesz said.

On Tuesday, the global health organisation sent a team to the town near the border with Guinea to do a review of the incident on the colleague who became infected.

The team will try to determine how the health worker became infected, review the living and working environment of all the workers, try to identify factors that increase risk of infection, and address these issues.

“We recognise that this will interrupt the work in the field for the short term, but it ensures we protect health workers and help the community over the longer term,” says Dr Kertesz. “We are working rapidly to ensure we can return to the field as quickly as possible.”

WHO said once the investigation has been completed and appropriate actions have been taken, it will move a team back to Kailahun.

Sierra Leone has the second highest number of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) – 910 – behind Liberia and the third highest number of death – 392, according to the WHO.

SOURCE: PANA

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