Ebola Fear Closes Liberia Clinic Supported by Sioux Falls Organization

Aug 19, 2014

Officials say that some of the people who fled an Ebola quarantine center in a slum in Monrovia, Liberia when it was attacked over the weekend are again under observation at a hospital. The attack is an example of the struggles health workers face in their efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

A man carries out a girl from an Ebola holding center as a mob overruns the facility in the West Point slum of Monrovia, Liberia, on Saturday.
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Over 1,000 people have died from the disease in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The Luke Society, an international Christian organization based in Sioux Falls, has partnerships with community health clinics in countries around the world. A clinic in Monrovia supported by the society was forced to close its doors because of fears surrounding the Ebola virus.

Dr. Greg Kuiper, the Luke Society's director of ministry development, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the problems created by Ebola fear and misinformation.