International SOS evacuates doctors from Sierra Leone

14 September 2014


A medical team from International SOS has today evacuated two Dutch doctors with possible exposure to the Ebola virus from Sierra Leone. 
They were transported on behalf of a client from the remote location of Yele and then flown by an International SOS air ambulance from Lungi Airport, Freetown to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. They arrived at Schiphol airport at approximately 1715 local time.
From there they were taken to Leiden University Medical Centre by RIVM (the Dutch Institute for Public Health and Environment). 

International SOS would like to thank the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health for their collaboration during this complex operation.

International SOS is highly experienced in evacuating patients with infectious diseases, having safely and successfully evacuated patients with diseases such as meningitis, MDR and XDR tuberculosis and Lassa fever over many years. International evacuation of patients with Ebola or other Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers is highly complex and may not always be achievable. 

International SOS continues to provide extensive advice and active support to client organisations during the ongoing Ebola outbreak, which is unprecedented in its magnitude, multi-country spread, and impact on health services and economies.  The World Health Organisation estimates that it will be at least six months before the outbreak is controlled, and in some areas traditional methods may not be enough to curb its spread.
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