Working in an Ebola outbreak
Gail Thomson shares her experiences of working with the WHO in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak
It was a Friday afternoon when the consultant in infectious diseases--my boss-- received a phone call from the World Health Organization (WHO). When I went to his office he asked if I was prepared to go to Uganda to help the WHO in its response to the Ebola outbreak. I thought I was hearing things. "Ebola?" I said yes without hesitation.
The next few days were spent preparing. How do you prepare for your first Ebola outbreak? I was to go with a staff nurse Andrea Evans. We received various injections, started on the antimalarial mefloquine, bought mosquito nets, and chatted a lot to our families.
I did have some doubts the night before we flew to Uganda as I realised the potential dangers. But once I met the local people and spoke to the staff I soon realised what devastation the virus had caused.
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