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Sierra Leone’s head doctor Sheik Umar Khan dies from Ebola

Sierra Leone’s head doctor Sheik Umar Khan dies from Ebola

It is with deep regret that Sierra Express Media announces the news that Sheik Umar Khan (in photo), Sierra Leone’s head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone died today. Dr. Khan contracted the deadly virus only a matter of days ago in his duties attending to infected patients.  The death of Dr. Khan highlights the risks that health workers face in trying to combat the deadly disease.

Ebola is believed to have killed 672 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since the outbreak began sometime in February, according to the World Health Organisation. The contagious disease, which has no known cure, has symptoms that include vomiting, diarrhea and internal and external bleeding.

Only this week, His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma went to Kailahun to talk with the doctor.

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  • May the soul of our hero thesouls of those who faithfully departed res in perpect peace.

    07/31/2014
  • this a very difficult time for us sierra leonean as we lose the most precious jewel in our country Dr Khan sleep on sleep and take your rest as you will be remembered not only in your country but also in heaven for your good work, May his soul rest in perfect peace

    07/30/2014
  • Precious people do not live longer, my deepest sympathy to the family of the doctor and the World at Large! Our prayers are with you! Dr Khan, may your soul rest in eternity…

    07/30/2014
  • I share the grief with the people of Sierra Leon on the passing on of Dr Sheik Omar, a hero who sacrificed his life for the love of his country men. I was hoping that everything would be alright. Rest in Peace.

    From Lilongwe Malawi

    07/30/2014
  • I would like to express my condolences to the family of Doctor, Sheik Umar
    Khan and the people of Sierra Leon if I may, through your contact.
    It was very sad to hear the news of the passing of someone who has worked so
    hard to save the lives of others
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and please keep your faith and have
    courage in this difficult time.

    my deepest sympathies
    Carol
    from Uganda

    07/30/2014
  • May Dr Khan soul rest in peace, so sad. in addition, God help us.

    07/29/2014
  • As a public health worker, I wish to express my deep sadness at the loss of this man, and others like him, who volunteer to place their own lives in danger to help others. I also wish to express my deep admiration and gratitude.
    Alice DuBon, FNP
    Putnam County, NY, USA

    07/29/2014
  • I was hoping this isn’t true. I’m very sad to hear this. Rest in peace Dr. Thank you for your heoric efforts.

    07/29/2014

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