Local doctor reaching out to Liberia during Ebola outbreak

Published: Aug. 2, 2014 at 12:07 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2014 at 12:07 AM EDT
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The Ebola virus is responsible for hundreds of deaths in West Africa and there is no cure.

The boarders have been closed off aroundGuineae, Sierra Leon and Liberia

One local doctor has been doing medical and spiritual missions work in Liberia since before the civil war.

Only essential workers are advised to travel.

Dr. Frank Glover is a local Urologist that first visited Liberia in 1988.

He worked at the ELWA hospital which is now the only hospital able to treat those infected.

And they can only treat 25 people in an area with millions at risk.

Dr Glover says "Their health systems are really not very good they don't have enough personnel they don't have equipment and supplies."

Ebola has a 21 day incubation period those infected have very high fever vomiting and diarrhea. It is transmitted by bodily fluids

Dr. Glover says "It's not transmitted through the air that requires contact with a person while they are sick usually when they are sick it's very obvious."

Dr. Glover says the virus is wreaking such havoc is because when a person contracts the disease that person needs to be isolated from the general population and quarantined and treated.

The people there do not believe in the germ theory of disease.

He says "They don't want to follow these recommendations because they don't see them as making sense in their world view."

"just a couple of weeks ago where an administrator came ill with Ebola virus he went home and infected his 8 children and his wife and all 10 of them died."

Dr Glover is working with the President of Liberia and other world organizations to build a medical school to educate local doctors nurses and dentists to educate them on modern medicines and to dispel generations of myths.

Dr Glover says this Ebola outbreak is going to get worse before it gets better.

But hopefully will be under control in about 6 months

He will continue to reach out for assistance in getting health personnel the help they need.