4th doctor dies of Ebola in Sierra Leone

2014-09-14 14:05
Health workers wearing protective clothing and equipment, await patients to screen against the deadly Ebola virus at the Kenema Government Hospital situated in the Eastern Province in Kenema, Sierra Leone.  (Michael Duff, AP)

Health workers wearing protective clothing and equipment, await patients to screen against the deadly Ebola virus at the Kenema Government Hospital situated in the Eastern Province in Kenema, Sierra Leone. (Michael Duff, AP)

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Freetown - A top medical official in Sierra Leone says a fourth doctor has died of Ebola in the country after a failed bid to transfer her abroad for treatment.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Brima Kargbo confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday that Dr Olivet Buck has died.

Sierra Leone had requested funds from the World Health Organisation to evacuate the doctor to Germany on Friday.

The WHO said on Saturday that it could not meet the request but instead would work to give Buck "the best care possible" in Sierra Leone, including access to experimental drugs.

More than 300 health workers have become infected with Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

According to the WHO, nearly half of them have died.

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