Sierra Express Media announces today of the death of Dr Sheik Umar Khan, Sierra Leone’s head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone today. According to the news report, “Dr. Khan contracted the deadly virus only a matter of days ago in his duties attending to infected patients.”
Just few days ago, we received the report that Ebola has arrived in Nigeria witnessing it’s first case with a Liberian traveller who was quarantined from the airport, who later died few days later. Ebola outbreak began in February this year 2014 in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and has continued to travel through west African countries . It is said to have claimed over a 1000 lives since then across the nations.
The deadly virus has no known cure and it’s virulent nature gives no space for suffers to get adequate treatment if At all any is available. The disease can be contacted by mere contact with body fluid including sweat, saliva and other body contacts and is characterised by vomiting, diarrhoea and bleeding.
As the disease continues to spread, it is feared that it may become one of Africa’s most damaging disaster of the century if not properly contained. People are warned to take personal hygiene more seriously and avoid unnecessary contacts with one another. Also to report any case of illness to authorities as soon as possible. Sharing and communal use of certain items must be curbed too.
However, people fear that poverty, lack of awareness and overcrowding could be the stumbling block to efforts to combating this deadly evil.