Sunday, 31 August 2014

Ebola no Western "humanitarian" intervention to cure African people

There has been no calls for humanitarian intervention in Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone or Senegal for halt Ebola outbreak. The UN and World Health Organization have called on Africa and wider world to take the outbreak seriously in the same manner as the SARS virus that swept through Asia and Middle East. As many will remember the SARS Virus as much as it terrified the world with its rapid spread was eventually defeated and stamped out some several months after it emerged there. There are whispers of a potential vaccine for Ebola which would make some wonder why it has taken so many decades to come up with a vaccine or a cure for a virus that is well documented and has reappeared and been defeated in D.R. Congo and Uganda. Why do African nations have to play roulette and real life game of chess when they seek to cure their citizens from diseases and viruses? Are the lives of African Ebola patients' valued less compared to Westerners in eyes of pharmaceutical companies? Several people across West Africa have survived Ebola and are now sharing their stories with wider society to shock and relief of their families and local media. Many of the affected countries are coming to realization that humanitarian intervention does not need to come from Westerner interventionists. Africans are intervening to help Africans in the Ebola outbreak. The Liberian Diaspora have come together to send necessary medical supplies especially protective gear to hospitals, sending foodstuffs and packages. Local organizations within Monrovia are providing necessary supplies to hospitals as well.

Liberian government and other neighboring governments are working around the clock to bring the Ebola outbreak to a halt. Liberians, Sierra Leones, Nigerians and Guineas are nervously monitoring the statistics and news on Ebola's destructive path in their home countries. A congolese medical team who has first hand experience battling in Ebola outbreaks in D.R. Congo are currently in Liberia to aid Liberian doctors in how to fight against Ebola through a combination of preventive health and calming ordinary Liberian's blood pressures and lingering fears over their fate of their families and neighbors having been caught up in Ebola's dragnet. The virus has become such a paranoia for society that many people even those who practice preventive healthcare for other diseases and sickness are refusing to report a possible Ebola patient or to the health ministry. The health ministry has already gone above and beyond to educate and rise Liberians' awareness about the immediate and lasting dangers of keeping Ebola infected neighbors and family members hidden. The Liberian Army had to be called into Monrovia and other cities across the country to quarantine whole villages and neighborhoods to avoid greater Ebola pandemics. Monrovia's largest poor neighborhood and Liberia's largest slum West Point home to 70,000 residents was placed under a week long quarantine blockade (not that different from Gaza) guarded by Liberian soldiers. When food and water ran out in West Point, the residents were on the verge of rioting. Protesters faced down both police and Liberian soldiers beyond angered with the Liberian government. So the quarantine was lifted and West Pointers despite the fears from other Monrovia residents were allowed to leave the crowded community.

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