A Nebraska doctor who helped treat Ebola patients at Nebraska Medicine’s Biocontainment Unit is heading to Sierra Leone. Dr. Ali Kahn left earlier this week to meet with officials at the World Health Organization in Geneva before he continues his travels.
University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Dr. Jane Meza is the Senior Associate Dean at the College of Public Health and says Dr. Kahn will help review their infection control measures in their country and to suggest changes and modifications if necessary.
Dr. Meza says, “This is really an opportunity to build our relationships with UNMC, Omaha and Nebraska, that relationship with the World Health Organization is potential research and public health opportunities as well as building collaborations and networking opportunities for these students here at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.”
As of January 21, WHO reported that since the outbreak began last year there have been 10,518 people infected and 3,199 deaths. New cases are reported to be declining.
Dr. Kahn will be in Sierra Leone for approximately four weeks.