The Daily VoxÂ is running a series of blogs written by DR STEFAN KRUGER, who is in Sierra Leone with Doctors Without Borders (MSF)Â to help combat the spread of Ebola in the region.
EntryÂ 5:Â Getting worse before getting better
In the days that follow we continue to receive terribly ill patients. My nurse patient withers away as time passes. His body finally gives in when the normal immune system simply ceases to function. We get into a routine of admitting between 10Â and 20Â new patients per day. We become accustomed to families being broken up because of discordant blood test results and entire households being erased from their family trees one by one. The logisticians continue work on the expansion and finally an 80-bed treatment centre stands as a monument to a collective failure in stopping the outbreak.
Doctors without Borders (MSF) is currently working in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to combat the spread of Ebola across the region. To support this work, go toÂ http://msf.org.za/donateÂ or SMS â€œJOINâ€ to 42110 to donate R30.Â To receive direct updates about Ebola from Doctors without Borders (MSF) SA, e-mail your name toÂ email@example.comÂ with theÂ subject line â€œEbolaâ€.
– Featured image viaÂ Sylvain Cherkaoui/Cosmos/MSF