BURLINGTON, MA– Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, the frontline physician fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone and Director of Infection Control at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, expressed concern on the latest outbreak of Ebola and said she may travel to Liberia to provide training to healthcare professional and workers.
“I am hoping to return to Africa to help build infrastructure and training for infection control,” Dr. Bhadelia told INDIA New England News. “Ebola was discovered in 1976 and we don’t have a cure yet.”
Dr. Bhadelia said Libera was declared free of Ebola twice before and it is shocking that there is another outbreak of Ebola in this African nation. Dr. Bhadelia said she was planning to travel to Liberia in early 2016 but her trip was not confirmed yet.
More than 11,300 people have died of the virus since it broke out in West Africa in March 2014. Of the three main countries affected, Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free on Nov. 7 and Guinea started its countdown to zero on Nov. 16. Over 4,800 people died of Ebola in Liberia, according to WHO figures.
Dr. Bhadelia, who was crowned Woman of the Year at the 13th Annual Woman of the Year Awards gala organized by INDIA New England News in June this year, said the cause of Ebola is not confirmed yet but it may come from a special type of bats.
Dr. Bhadelia is an infectious diseases physician, assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of Infection Control and Medical Response at National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory at Boston University. But she is known more as a frontline physician fighting the deadly Ebola disease in Sierra Leone.
Dr. Bhadelia has previously worked on projects with United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She has served as a front line physician providing care to Ebola patients in Sierra Leone with World Health Organization. She is a Senior Policy and Technical Advisor to Partners in Health for their Ebola response program in Sierra Leone. She has also been an instructor for the US CDC/FEMA and Taiwan CDC’s healthcare worker preparedness courses for the Ebola Response.