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Ebola devours another lead doctor

ANOTHER TRAGEDY … the late Dr. Modupeh Cole

ANOTHER TRAGEDY … the late Dr. Modupeh Cole

Another leading physician in the country’s fight against the dreaded Ebola virus has died from the disease, Ministry of Health officials have confirmed.

Dr. Modupeh Cole died yesterday at the MSF Ebola treatment center in the eastern district town of Kailahun where he had been taken for treatment after testing positive for the deadly virus.

Dr. Cole was a U.S. trained medico and one of the top doctors working in the Ebola isolation ward at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown. He tested positive for the disease last week and was transferred to the Kailahun treatment center, but succumbed to the virus he had battled to save his infected compatriots from.

The fallen medical doctor’s sickness had spread fear throughout the Connaught Hospital as staff of the country’s main referral hospice went on strike last Friday and Saturday after learning that he had tested positive for the deadly disease. However, they returned to work on Sunday.

Both Cole’s and Dr. Sheik Umar Khan’s deaths are a major blow to the country’s health system, which is struggling to cope with the deadly outbreak.

The epidemic, which was first identified in March in Guinea, has strained the resources of the three Mano River Union countries it has hit and of the international community, which is struggling to mobilize enough qualified doctors to contain the disease.