4 Yrs Ago…  Ebola Killed 10 Doctors


Yesterday, Monday 30th July, 2018, the Government of Sierra Leone in keeping with a promise made by former President Ernest Bai Koroma promised it will name the newly constructed Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Center in Kenema after Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, one of the country’s ten doctors who lost his life in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease that attacked the country between 2014 and 2015. He died on July 30th 2014 whilst awaiting flight to USA for treatment.

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, Modupeh Cole, Sahr Rogers, Olivette Buck, Godfrey George, Thomas Rogers, Solomon Konoyima, Dauda Koroma, Victor Willoughby and dozens of nurses and health service support staff that came in contact with the disease perished between 2014 and 2015 when WHO declared the epidemic over.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) December 2015 Ebola Situation Report, Sierra Leone recorded 9446 Ebola cases and 2748 deaths. WHO however reported that from tests done, they discovered that Ebola had been in the country since 2006.

The disease that started in the forest regions of Guinea spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia principally. Nigeria reported about 20 cases from a vector that carried it into the country from Liberia. Ebola was first discovered in DR Congo in the 1970s where there have been several outbreaks since.