Ebola Crisis - update

Up to 14 September 2014, 2,630 people had been reported as having died from the disease in four countries:  Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

Ebola deaths - probable, confirmed and suspected:

  • 1,459 Liberia
  • 601 Guinea
  • 562 Sierra Leone
  • 8 Nigeria

Source: WHO

Sixteen of the Order’s staff and Brothers have died..

In the Order’s centres in Liberia and Sierra Leone a number of co-workers and Brothers have died after contracting the Ebola virus.  At the Hospital of Saint Joseph in Monrovia (Liberia), Brothers Patrick Nshamdze, George Combey  and Miguel Pajares lost their lives.  Also, Sister Chantel Mutwameme and five co-workers – three women and two men have died.  At the Hospital of Saint John of God in Lunsar (Sierre Leone), the virus has killed eight co-workers – five women and three men, including a student nurse in her last year of training.  All have died in the performance of their duty assisting the sick.

Both hospitals, in agreement with health authorities in the respective countries, closed for disinfection, renovation and replacement of old equipment.  Work on re-opening the hospital in Lunsar began on 9 September and will be completed in several phases.  The hospital in Monrovia remains closed although work is on-going to have it re-open as soon as possible.

While it is difficult to say when the epidemic will be brought under control it is certain that it will take several months at least.  Meanwhile the Order’s hospitals will devote themselves to looking after non-Ebola patients and keep a close watch on admissions in order to keep the virus coming in.

Resources are urgently needs for both hospitals in terms of human, material and economic. Both must be kept operational and personnel costs must be met throughout the period of the closure given that staff have no other sources of income and it may be some time before the facilities re-open fully.

The total amount needed in the two hospitals from 1 September to the end of the year is forecast at around 700,000 euros.  Contributions from other provinces of the Order, communities, centres and individuals amounts to 363,686 euros.

If you would like to help, please visit the website of the Order’s fundraising charity, The Do Good Charity – www.dogoodcharity.org.uk or send cheques payable to the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God to Saint Bede’s House, Morton Park Way, Darlington, Co Durham, DL1 4XZ.

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