Samaritan’s Purse Increases Efforts to Fight Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa

Samaritan’s Purse is ramping up its response to the Ebola outbreak ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Christian relief ministry has been helping to fight the deadly virus in the Central African country since last August. Now efforts are being expanded with the opening of a 20-bed Ebola treatment center (pictured) that can be expanded to 60 beds if necessary.

Megan Vitek with Samaritan’s Purse is a nurse who treated Ebola in the country of Liberia in 2014. Just last week she led a training session in North Carolina as she and dozens of others are preparing to deploy. Vitek says the work will be difficult because probably half of their patients will die – but at the same time, she explains, there are some sweet moments.

“When you have that little child who pulls through that you didn’t think would – or when you see a family able to go home together for the first time in several weeks, those are moments you hold on to,” she tells OneNewsNow.

According to Samaritan’s Purse, more than 350 people have already died, making this the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.

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SOURCE: One News Now, Bill Bumpas