Ebola in Sierra Leone

The world is now concerned about the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. The outbreak began in Guinea and traveled across the border into the Kailahun District of Sierra Leone by someone who had attended the funeral of a relative in Guinea. This area of the world had not seen Ebola prior to 2014 and most people did not understand the disease; how it is spread, how to contain it, how to treat the symptoms; so many believed false information and people with symptons sometimes fled from medical treatment. A hospital in Kenema worked to treat patients and contain the virus to that area. Dr. Sheik Khan led the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone and when he died it was a great shock. President Koroma declared a state of emergency and action has taken place to try and control the spread of Ebola. Yesterday blockades were placed in Kailahun and Kenema Districts for 50 days; allowing only medical personnel and food supplies to enter the area.
The Ebola outbreak has highlighted the great need for better medical facilities and equipment in West Africa. The scare of Ebola spreading to other parts of the world has brought much needed medical supplies, personnel and help to this area of the world. A vaccine is now being developed in the U.S. This disease will be contained and perhaps in the long run, Sierra Leone will benefit from the help they are receiving from other parts of the world. Let us remember that other diseases are still a part of daily life in this area, malaria, yellow fever, typhoid, cholera, etc. Hopefully these diseases will also be eradicated in time. After all, the same diseases existed in America less than a hundred years ago.

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