Just before my last write up on Ebola, it seemed the World was winning the fight against the deadly disease.in fact, some Countries claimed to have contained and had it under control. The prospects of cases erupting in UK, Europe or America seemed remotely impossible as the cases treated in these Countries are Nationals who are health care practitioners who had worked in affected African countries.
Here we are barely 6 weeks after and the world is in chaos as EVD is spreading like bush fire even as far as Australia. This sparked the initiation of several strategic meetings between world leaders with one US urging them to ‘take the deadly threat of Ebola as seriously as we take ISIS’.The UK government are even putting plans in place to start screening at the airport.
Back to Africa; where it all began and with more cases and victims dying at an alarming rate on a daily basis. The next part of this write up was included at the last minute when I received a link from a friend as I was about to send this in.
According to a report in Nigerian watch-it claimed that medical Experts from the US centre of Disease Control feared that “a recent Ebola trial vaccine used to treat patients only happen to be effective on white Caucasians” I believe it was referring to Zmapp. which have been used to successfully treat Expatriates
Doctors who contracted Ebola in Africa. The report(unconfirmed)the spokesman further said ‘Early tests of an experimental drug which would effectively combat the spread of Ebola have proved successful only in those with white skin. We are working diligently to improve the sample to be able to help all those who are in need’.
The fact is, whether this claim is true or not-the future is bleak for EVD victims in Africa. The recent statistics stands at about 7,000 infected cases and more than 3,000 deaths so far.
One of the devastating effects is that children who are orphaned through the disease are often abandoned by relatives for fear of being infected by them, even when they have tested negative. They are left to fend for themselves and probably will not seek or get help until too late so even the future of the next generation is in limbo. These children need physical,emotional and psychological care and support.Presently I am not sure what provision if any are put in place to cater for them.