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Liberia clinics close for fear of Ebola

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - 01:14

Many health centres in Liberia are closing, as medical personnel are refusing to come into work as they're afraid of being infected with Ebola. Sarah Toms reports.

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A hospital in the Liberian capital is deserted. A lone security guard monitors an empty car park. Many health centres like this one are closed at a time when the country urgently needs medical help. The Ebola virus has killed nearly 900 people across four West African countries since February. Medical personnel here in Monrovia are too afraid of catching one of the world's deadliest diseases to come into work. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMOS B RICHARDS, PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT, SAYING: "The health workers think that they are not protected, they don't have the requisite material to use as to protect themselves against the Ebola disease, so many of the health workers including physician's assistant, nurses, are staying home." Suspicions, superstitions and fear are rife in Africa. These villagers don't want the victims of Ebola buried here as they're scared they'll become infected. Specialists say the point of death is the time when a body is most contagious. Ebola kills up to 90 per cent of people infected and has no known cure.

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Liberia clinics close for fear of Ebola

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - 01:14