Recently in the news we have seen a lot of stories covering the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the crisis in West Africa is the worst it has ever been, and Liberia is still working on creating space to even treat the amount of victims affected.
Starting on Friday this past weekend, Sierra Leone, one of the worst places affected by Ebola, was put on lock down until Sunday at 12 a.m. The country enforced a three-day curfew during which 30, 000 medical volunteers visited homes to treat patients and distribute soap. On September 14th, 2014 WHO declared that 562 people from Sierra Leona have died from the Ebola infection and after this weekend authorities declared the three-day curfew a success.
WHO also declared that 1, 459 people have died in Liberia, and the numbers continue to increase. Liberia can’t seem to treat all of the affected members in the population and it seems maybe Liberia should consider taking similar action as Sierra Leone. Citizens from all over the world have begun taking action by traveling abroad to help those in need, but it still isn’t enough. I feel like we are all watching this epidemic take place and all we are able to do is worry. I know I worry that the disease won’t spread, but if it does what are we going to do?
WHO must begin working on a public response to this crisis ASAP, because if the Ebola epidemic spreads we need to all be prepared on how to handle such an outbreak.
Two examples for WHO to start with could include the following:
Public Service Announcement (PSA)
School/College/Work Ebola Health Seminars