Shocking Disparities between International Volunteers & Local Ebola Doctors

* Twelve Sierra Leone doctors have caught the virus

* Local doctors do longer stints in "red zone" wards

* Western workers have strict safety protocols

By Emma Farge

HASTINGS, Sierra Leone, Dec 23 (Reuters) – 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 healthcare workers have direct contact with the highly contagious Ebola patients."We don’t have time for surgery any more, and many of our surgeons are dead from Ebola," he told Reuters, rubbing his brow in the dense heat, his green medical gown dark with sweat.Last week, U.S. medics showed United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon around their air-conditioned treatment center near the […]

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