Liberia investigates death of celebrated Ebola fighter amid stigma fears

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The death from childbirth of a woman named Time magazine “Person of the Year” in 2014 for her work fighting Ebola in Liberia is being investigated after reports that health workers were afraid to treat her, the country’s health ministry said on Wednesday.

Ebola survivor Salomé Karwah died last week four days after suffering complications from giving birth by caesarean section in a major hospital, according to the ministry’s chief medical officer Francis Kateh.

Josephine Manley, Karwah’s sister, told Time magazine that they rushed her back to hospital after she lapsed into convulsions following the birth, but said staff refused to touch her because she had contracted the deadly virus in late 2014.

“It is tragic that one of our heroes, who survived Ebola, died from childbirth in a hospital,” Kateh told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Liberia’s capital Monrovia.

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Source: News Now/Reuters News Agency

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.