Headlines such as „Fear the one next to you“, “Ebola – Epidemic plague threatens provision of Liberia”, “The number of reported deaths due to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa reaches more than 1,000” about the recent outbreak of the Ebola epidemic have been reaching us for several weeks now and are causing fear and terror all over the world.
The life-threatening viral infection was discovered in what is known as the Congo today at the river Ebola in 1976. Since then, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 1,300 people have died from the infection.
Today we know that the disease is being transmitted from one human being to another via body fluids (saliva, sperm, blood) and causes symptoms similar to the flu, such as high fever, muscle pains, fatigue, shivering and headaches in the beginning. Later, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps also appear. The entire organism is affected by the infection and internal and external bleedings may appear and cause failure of vital organs. Between 60 and 70 percent of the diseased people die from Ebola. What makes the disease so dangerous, is the fact that there is no vaccination and no cure up to this day, at least none that has been tested before and is authorised.
New outbreaks of Ebola have become known in the West African countries of Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in the past few months.
It is terrifying that this epidemic caused more deaths than the previous. On August 7th in 2014 the UN authority announced a 100-million-dollar-programme (75 million euros) for the fight against Ebola. Many additional doctors, epidemic disease experts, logistics specialists, social workers and nurses shall be working in the countries affected by the epidemic plague.
And this is in deed urgently needed. In Liberia, dead people are lying on the streets; the Ebola-units of the authorities can’t keep up with collecting them. The residents are living in great fear and don’t care for their ill relatives, even if it’s not certain that they are infected with Ebola, because they are scared of contagion.
As a result, schools have been closed by the government and people are warned not to hold any bigger gatherings. But some residents think that this disease doesn’t exist and meet for big prayer meetings, which, of course, only causes the further spread of Ebola. Because the deadly disease has already reached Nigeria, it is very likely that it will soon reach the bordering country Cameroon, too.
It is very important to support and to expand further the medical care in order to prevent such conditions there. Moreover, there are not nearly enough hospitals for the high number of people. More hospitals are needed! Your help is needed for achieving this. Please donate for the hospital in Lomié in order to help the people affected with Ebola, to give them hope for cure and to save lives.
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