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2 doctors say hospital needs more volunteers

December 3, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two doctors with a Charlotte-based Christian mission group are heading to West Africa to help Ebola-stricken patients and others seeking medical help.

The doctors are volunteers with SIM USA, which operates a 200-bed hospital and a 50-bed isolation unit for Ebola patients in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.

This is the third time that Dr. John Fankhauser of California is returning to Monrovia. It’s the first trip for Dr. Dan Crawford of Oregon. Both are headed out Friday.

The doctors noted Tuesday that there are enough physicians treating Ebola patients, but there is a shortage of health care workers to treat patients with illnesses such as malaria, typhoid, trauma, and complicated pregnancies.

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