EBOLA – WHO CARES!

EBOLA-master675I shudder to mull over an Ebola case being reported in Kenya, thanks to our porous borders and laid back reactions, God should forbid this. Kenya media has been reduced to a mere spectator only reporting on the new cases and deaths. I have not heard of any sensitization from the many channels or papers I have flipped through so far. The World Health Organisation has declared an international public health emergency. Last night there were reports of a suspected case at Kenyatta National Hospital, though the news were rather hazy with no results from KEMRI released 5 hours later, way before I even penned this article. However it was good news when a passenger en route from Liberia to Uganda, who had been put in isolation with fever, tested negative. Am not sure if the results are final since am made to understand the outcome reports are shipped to America for confirmation.

Kenya Airways has not yet halted flights to West Africa where the outbreak was first reported, it has killed 960 people, this year alone. The anxiety is obvious after KQ insisted it won’t cancel its flights even after the big players like, British Airways, Emirates and others withdrew their services to contain the menace. Guinea has been the worst hit with 367 deaths, followed by Sierra Leone and Liberia reporting 298 and 294 deaths respectively. 2 people have died in Nigeria. Speaking of Nigeria, president Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency a day after his counterpart, president Ellen Sirlief of Liberia made a similar declaration. As Nigeria set aside $11.7 million for emergency funds, Liberia president warned, extra ordinary measures were needed for the very survival of the state.

But an uncharacteristic Obama termed it premature to send experimental drugs to victims in Africa. Really! Did he just indirectly imply that the poor should bury their people.I do no want to castigate the just concluded Africa-US partnership Summit, but I must put it on record, that for far too long, the West have perceived Africans as lesser human beings. Ponder this, two US citizens infected with Ebola were cured with a secret serum as Africans continue to die like flies. Did any of the invited president challenge America to do more in terms of financial and medical support. Do they even care or was it another cajole attempt from the big brother for its selfish gains, well it could have also been a rare holiday trip and photo expedition as some twitter streets put it. A section of respected medical pundits have argued in favour of US saying the drugs used to treat the said Americans were ‘experimental drugs’. I ask, does it matter?. If the drug can help improve a victim’s health why not administer it to them.

Take note that Ebola has a 90% fatality rate. You simply don not dance with such statistics, but who cares to listen to our pleas. We are all alive to the fact that most African countries have for a long time under invested in matters health and have no capacity to contain Ebola in earnest as developed countries would do. Traditions, religious leader,speculation, ignorance and uncoordinated efforts are some of the impediments that hamper the surmount of this life threatening ordeal. Well I managed to gather some of the signs and symptoms listed here below;
• Fever
• Headache
• Joint and muscle aches
• Weakness
• Diarrhea
• Vomiting
• Stomach pain
• Lack of appetite
Some patients may experience:
• A Rash
• Red Eyes
• Hiccups
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Chest pain
• Difficulty breathing
• Difficulty swallowing
• Bleeding inside and outside of the body

Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to ebolavirus though 8-10 days is most common.

Have a healthy day.

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