Doctors at Emory University Hospital in the United States of America (USA) have pledged to use their expertise to develop guidelines for their colleagues in Ebola-affected countries in West Africa.
Concerns have been raised by numerous organizations about the quality of health care received by affected patients in West Africa as several health practitioners have themselves contracted the disease.
An infectious disease specialist at Emory University Hospital, Dr. Bruce S. Ribner said they will assist their West African colleagues in dealing with the Ebola epidemic.
“The major thing is that they [West African] suffer a substantial lack of infrastructure,” hence, the decision to help.
Two American medical officers after contracting the Ebola virus in Liberia were flown back to the USA for treatment.
They were discharged on Friday after recovering from the disease.
According to Dr. Ribner, while treating the two patients, they “learnt a number of things in terms of caring for the patients and fluid and electrolyte replacement, which frankly, our colleagues in Africa don’t have the capability to detect.”
He revealed that they are in the process of developing “several guidelines” which they believe would help the doctors in Africa deal effectively with the disease.
The Ebola disease has so far claimed over 1,200 lives in four West African countries; Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.
An untested drug has been sent to Liberia to treat infected patients.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/citifmonline.com/Ghana