Sierra Leone: worst Ebola outbreak ever

Health workers go on strike.

Sierra Leone, along with neighboring Guinea and Liberia, are going through the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded. So far, 481 deaths have been reported since July 2. Seven health care workers have been infected with the virus in the hospital in Kenema. Due to continuous contact with the infected, hospital staff is prone to infection. They work for many hours. Some are volunteers.

Recently, those who work in the infectious disease ward have gone on strike because of wages, they believe, that are too low given the inherent risk of infection they face. They have reached an agreement with the government. Health care workers are faced with even the hostility of those who think that the disease is only a macabre conspiracy to allow the removal of some of organs from patients. Some have received threats, others have been brutally assaulted.

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