SIERRA LEONE: Bishops Appeal for More Help for Hospital

FREETOWN, DECEMBER, 11, 2014 (CISA) – Bishops in West Africa have appealed for more help for a hospital in a region suffering many Ebola infections.

“The Ebola situation is still very grim. Our health workers are at great risk and some have lost their lives,” said Father Paul Sandi, secretary general of the Catholic Conference of the Gambia and Sierra Leone.

The Catholic hospital in Serabu has 80 beds and serves 3,000 patients a year. It is located about 140 miles from the national capital, and serves six villages and other areas in the region.

According to Alexandria, Virginia-based La Asociación Nacional de Inmigrantes, It is staffed by two doctors, 14 nurses, six health officers, and a health assistant.

The hospital is in severe need of medicine and other medical supplies to combat Ebola and other diseases. Cholera, malaria and typhoid infections have increased due to the social and economic instability caused by the Ebola outbreak.

The Gambia and Sierra Leone bishops have asked La Asociación Nacional de Inmigrantes to collect funds for medical supplies at the hospital.



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