Doctors describe Ebola experiences in West Africa

The doctors described their encounters and challenges in treating patients diagnosed with the virus.

Liberian health workers in a burial squad carrying the body of an Ebola victim in Monrovia in September 2014. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Doctors without Borders have called for an urgent international response to fight the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

Four of the group's doctors who have just returned from West Africa met in Auckland Park to tell of their experiences in Ebola-affected regions.

Ebola has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa.

The relief aid organisation has also launched a new campaign titled Tough Decisions, calling on South Africans to support its work.

The doctors have described their encounters and challenges in treating patients diagnosed with the virus.

Doctor Jens Pederson says working in Sierra Leone with Ebola patients has been a challenge due to a lack of support on the ground.

"Working in an Ebola centre is very frustrating."

Pederson says if the global network's members join forces it will be possible to contain the Ebola outbreak and stop it from spreading.

"It's not impossible to stop the transmission, but it's also not easy."

The doctors concluded the meeting with a demonstration on the use of the medical protective gear used in hospitals to protect themselves from the virus.

Meanwhile, a UN medical official who caught Ebola while working in Liberia has died in the German hospital where he was being treated, the clinic in Leipzig said on Tuesday.

The medic, who has not been named, arrived last week and was the third Ebola patient to be treated in Germany.