Adama Tarawallie reacts near her husband Ibrahim, a suspected Ebola victim, as they wait to be transported from Devils Hole North, west of Freetown, Sierra Leone, December 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
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When Dr. Sekou Kanneh goes to work at his Sierra Leonean Ebola clinic, he will probably be in the "red zone" for many hours, ignoring by necessity strict limits that govern foreign colleagues fighting the epidemic. Conditions at Kanneh's treatment center, the only Ebola unit in the country run by local staff, contrast to the purpose-built facilities where foreign volunteers who have flocked to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia work.Kanneh has received no official training to treat the virus that has killed over 7,000 people in West Africa. Still, he works up to four-hour shifts in the stifling heat of the red zone, a ward where health care workers have direct contact with the highly contagious Ebola patients.Sierra Leone had only 136 doctors before the epidemic struck and 12 of them have become infected, mostly fatally, including the country's leading doctor, Victor Willoughby.Across the three countries, 358 health care workers have died from Ebola, according to World Health Organization figures.Medecins Sans Frontieres has around 30 foreign workers and 250 Sierra Leonians at its Prince of Wales facility.
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