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Br. Patrick Nshamdze, Director of St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital, Monrovia, Dies from Ebola Virus, RIP

The St. John of God Hospital in Lunsar (Sierra Leone) and the St. John of God Hospital in Monrovia (Liberia) have been involved in treating patients who are suffering from the ebola virus. 

Tragically already one of the doctors, two nurses and last Saturday, Br. Patrick Nshamdze, Director of St Joseph's Catholic hospital in Monrovia, have died from contacting the deadly virus.

Br. Patrick in his role as Director of the St. John of God Hospital in Monrovia had been continually lobbying to obtain funding for the necessary hospital materials (gloves, masks, goggles etc) as well as disinfectents to control and prevent the disease.  While there is no known cure, vaccine or treatment for ebola, all that can be done is to allay the symptoms,  put preventative measures in place, and all of the above are necessary to help with this.

The outbreak of  ebola in West Africa is the most widespread ever recorded, in addition to affecting several  countries for the very first time.  The first cases appeared in January 2014 and the World Health Organisation declared an ebola epidemic in March.  Since then the cases have continued to soar with a death rate of up to 90% and the death toll now stands at 518 making this the most serious epidemic on record.

Both at local and international level the Order is involved in raising funds to provide the necessary resources to help with containing the spread of this dreadful disease.  Further information can be obtained on www.oh-fbf.it

We continue to keep in our prayers all those suffering from the disease and those in our own hospitals and elsewhere who courageously treat the infected patients. 

 

 

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