Celebrated Ebola nurse’s family demand findings of investigation into her death

By Kieran Guilbert

The late Salomé Karwah

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Relatives of a Liberian Ebola nurse named Time magazine “Person of the Year” in 2014 on Monday demanded to know the findings of an investigation into her death, saying she died from childbirth complications after health staff were too scared to treat her.

Ebola survivor Salomé Karwah, who worked with charity Doctors Without Borders after recovering from the often-deadly virus, died in February four days after giving birth by Caesarean section in a major hospital.

Her family say staff refused to touch Karwah because she had contracted Ebola in 2014. Liberia’s health ministry in March started investigating the claim, which was rejected by the hospital, saying workers had done all they could to save her.

Yet despite being told in April that the investigation into her death had been concluded, Karwah’s relatives say they have since been denied access to the findings by the health ministry.

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Source: News Now/ Thomson Reuters Foundation

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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.