Wanted: SA doctors, nurses for Ebola mission

2014-12-09 07:05

Healthcare workers are being recruited in South Africa for a mission to Sierra Leone to help with the Ebola outbreak.

Applicants are being offered full training, flights, transfers, salary, per diems, insurance and housing. And if they contract Ebola, they can rest assured they will be treated back home.

As part of the health department’s Ebola emergency response, nonprofit organisation Right to Care is looking for doctors and nurses, preferably with ICU experience, who are willing to work in Sierra Leone for three months.

“By sending these healthcare workers to Sierra Leone they will not only help the medical sector there, but will gain critical skills in treating this condition should cases reach South Africa,” chief executive of Right to Care, Ian Sanne, said yesterday.

Sanne, who is an infectious diseases expert, said teams would begin leaving for the West African country from January 15.

“The department of health has said that an effective Ebola response requires R250 million. Between the government and the private sector only R40 million has been raised so far.

“We are hoping that the department of health as well as private sector hospitals will release interested doctors and nurses for two months on full pay.”

Sanne said systems used in South Africa’s public health sector could help to halve the time it takes to confirm cases of Ebola, from 10 days to five days.

“We believe that altruistic medical workers with an interest in infectious diseases are most likely to respond to our call,” Sanne said.

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