The Christian missionary group ‘SIM’ on Tuesday announced that another American health worker attending Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive to the virus.
According to AFP, this was made known by the group’s president, Bruce Johnson, who declined to give the name of the doctor.
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He said the victim has been working in obstetrics at the SIM-funded ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.
However, the group said the new victim has not been working directly with Ebola patients, and wondered how he might have gotten himself infected. The doctor is said to have been isolated in the hospital dedicated to Ebola cases.
“My heart was deeply saddened, but my faith was not shaken, when I learned another of our missionary doctors contracted Ebola,” Johnson said. “We have gifted Liberian doctors, medical staff and support staff who are carrying on the fight.”
It would be recalled that two Americans who also worked at ELWA, Doctor Kent Brantly and nurse Nancy Writebol, were reported to have contracted the virus but were flown to the states from Liberia were they were successfully treated.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) described the recent Ebola outbreak as the world’s worst ever recorded as it has so far killed 1,552 people in some West African countries with 3, 062 people infected in the past six months.
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SIM is an international mission organization with more than 1,600 active missionaries serving in more than 60 countries. SIM members serve God among many diverse people groups in Africa, Asia, and South America.
SIM workers are international themselves, representing more than 30 nationalities comprising nations that in the past only received missionaries. They also serve in a wide variety of career fields. SIM is looking for people of any ethnicity who have almost any skill imaginable!