As Ebola Rages at Home, Liberian Doc in US to Get Gloves, Basic Supplies


Marshall said she also worried that the deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak could set back a generation of health workers.

According to the World Health Organization, at least 60 health workers have been killed in the outbreak and more than 100 have been infected including top Ebola doctors in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

It’s a loss that can be incalculable in a place where there are only an estimated 50 doctors in the to treat the entire 4 million population of Liberia, according to the aid group SIM USA.

Marshall said the loss of Dr. Samuel Brisbane, the top doctor in the critical care unit and a leading doctor on Ebola, will be immensely damaging.

“It’s just too hard for us. I’m really heartbroken,” she said.

Marshall said a top emergency room doctor is infected with Ebola and she is hoping that international organizations may provide him with the same experimental serum used on an American doctor and aid worker.

Marshall, who also is president of the Liberian College of Physicians and Surgeons, which oversees medical degrees, said future generations of doctors could be affected after seeing the risks health workers have to take without proper supplies during this outbreak.

“I think that’s a strong possibility, [people] being afraid of becoming doctors and health care workers,” said Marshall.

Marshall plans on spending the next few weeks traveling across the country to raise awareness and gather supplies and is working with partners at the University of Massachusetts and other aid groups to raise funds.

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