Exhausted Sierra Leone medics battle Ebola in the red zone

December 23, 2014 10:11 PM

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Exhausted Sierra Leone medics battle Ebola in the red zone

HASTINGS, Sierra Leone: When Dr. Sekou Kanneh goes to work at his Sierra Leonean Ebola clinic, he will probably be in the “red zone” for many hours, ignoring by necessity strict limits that govern foreign colleagues fighting the epidemic. Conditions at Kanneh’s treatment center, the only Ebola unit in the country run by local staff, contrast to the purpose-built facilities where foreign volunteers who have flocked to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia work.

Kanneh has received no official training to treat the virus that has killed over 7,000 people in West Africa. Still, he works up to four-hour shifts in the stifling heat of the red zone, a ward where health care workers have direct contact with the highly contagious Ebola patients.

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