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Ebola: Treatment Begins for First British Patient in London

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William Pooley Bella Naija

London (NAN) William Pooley, 29, the first Briton to contract the Ebola disease in Sierra Leone has started receiving treatment in London.

Pooley, a volunteer nurse was flown in a military aircraft on Sunday to the Hampstead Royal Free Hospital, where he is being treated in a specialist isolation unit for highly infectious diseases.

Pooley had worked as a volunteer providing palliative care at The Shepherd’s Hospice in Sierra Leone from March to July.

He then requested to be relocated to the Kenema Government Hospital to serve on the Ebola treatment ward, following reports that patients were being abandoned when health workers died from the virus.

Pooley has been described as a hero for his selfless service.

NAN quotes a BBC report on Gabriel Madiye, the Executive Director of The Shepherd’s Hospice, as saying, “Pooley had been aware of the risks, but was determined to work there.

“We consider him a hero, somebody who is sacrificing to provide care in very difficult circumstances – when our own health workers are running away’,” Madiye said.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Ball, a virologist at Nottingham University, said there would be immediate testing to ensure all Pooley’s organs were functioning.

“He really is in the best place and will have the best possible care,” Ball said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has put the death figure from the Ebola outbreak to over 1,500 mostly from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Photo Credit: BBC

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7 Comments

  1. @edDREAMZ

    August 26, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    This is one of the things that makes a country great…… When naija go bring home somebody affected with the disease….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  2. Benedette Errick

    August 26, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    May God heal him in Jesus name, amen

  3. Emerald-Fashion Blog (plus-size fashion)

    August 26, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Naija, when una own go begin? Where are all these self acclaimed lab scientist? When are they going to come up with at least one drug for any disease… Even if its headache… lol

    • Lady

      August 29, 2014 at 7:40 am

      … ‘alabukun’

  4. Really???

    August 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Dear Mr. currently in Jupiter,
    It is not imperative you drop your comment on every single post you know. you invariably make me re-read any article you comment on because it contradicts the original post.
    Gently take a chill pill………………

  5. ij

    August 26, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    the key word here being “specialist isolation unit ” which they didn’t need to knock up in a haste using tarpaulin and wood in some God forsaken backyard of a place

  6. Jackie Onassis

    August 26, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    But how come the white people are cured easily and Africans are dying? That is my question.

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