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EBOLA: THE GREATEST THREAT TO AFRICANS?

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Ebola is the most recent virus tearing Africa apart; spreading like wild fire taking down the people with such ease that puts cold chills down the spine. Indeed the viral endemic plaguing the western part of Africa could turn out to be the greatest threat to the existence of an already impoverished, susceptible, neglected, and ignorant group of people as help increasingly seems impossible from the government.

What makes Ebola alarmingly dangerous is the fact that it is a virus transmitted through contacts. Ebola, which primarily is transmitted from monkeys, bush meats, pigs, fruit bats, to human when there is contact with the animal fluid or blood or consumed without properly cooking it. It is then passed from an infected patient through regular, ordinary ways via handshake and general body contacts, exchange of blood or bodily fluids. Although there is no proof of it being airborne despite animals placed in separate cages from infected ones contracting it, the scary thing however, is its lack of cure and a nonexistent vaccine.

I am writing this to encourage people to be their own keeper by improving general hygiene. It is essential that we shed our poor hygiene to stay alive. We must wash hands with soap and chlorine as often as we are exposed to people, we must avoid crowded places, and caution must be the order of the day. I admonish every one of us to take adequate precautions to have ourselves and families quarantined from exposure to risks of Ebola.

Once anyone begins to feel feverish with muscle pains, diarrhoea, vomiting, internal and external bleeding, hurriedly seek medical professional help. Do not self medicate or go to public places so that other innocent people are not infected. We must realise that like in all cases in this part of the world, our government is never prepared to checkmate effectively this deadly outbreak with Liberian health minister admitting that Ebola spread has overwhelmed the country. In fact, they are probably more ignorant than we are. Many of health experts who are willing to sacrifice do not have the right equipments and expertise to stem the spread of Ebola.

Reality is that government have been caught napping as Ebola has taken over because of their inadequacies. While other countries of the world set out to find cure after the first outbreak in the 70s our leaders went to bed thanking God and due to our frail system, patients of Ebola have sneaked into our lands and deposited the disease. It is worrisome how there has been more cases of Ebola victims recorded who have either sneaked into our boarders or have had contacts with infected patients.

Just two days back, a reputable doctor on twitter further affirmed my fear in the incompetence and inadequacies of government to combat this virulent disease. He tweeted the poor response of those saddled with the responsibilities of recording and evacuating infected patients for isolation to his emergency call over a patient brought to his clinic whom he discovered after carrying out laboratory and clinical tests, which confirmed the boy to have been stricken b Ebola.

Consequently, I ask us to stand together in strong defiance to allowing Ebola to bring us down. Let us ensure we do not pass false, confusing, adulterated information to an already gullible, desperate people who are seeking solution. It is enough to exhibit appalling ignorance but let us not create a bandwagon out of our folly. Above all, let us turn to God who is our impenetrable shield from all perilous pestilence.

Shalom,

ADEKANYE ADEYINKA .O.