Ebola is spreading very fast, putting the lives of health workers also in danger. The outbreak in West Africa is rapidly claiming lives to date, prompting the World Health Organization to declare an international health emergency as over more than 2,100 people have died of the virus in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria this year.
The shocking death rate few months after the outbreak and appeals from aid organizations, have prompted the American government to decide assigning 3,000 US military personnel to West Africa's Ebola affected regions to supply medical equipment, support health workers and treat victims of the epidemic.
Ebola is a highly dangerous disease. Highly qualified doctors and health workers are at risk if they treat infectious people without proper precautions. Thus; the need for Obama’s administration to send military personnel to help is necessary.
Often desperate and frustrated people end up doing crazy things. In the village of Womme, outside the town of Nzerekore, in the southeast of Guinea, eight delegation members, including two journalists on a mission to educate the people about Ebola and show them how to prevent it, in a region where many lack the education on Ebola, encountered their untimely death.
Many Africans hold the idea that Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was purposely inflicted on Africa by Europeans to wipe out Africans. The villagers thought the same on the Ebola issue and furiously attacked the delegation killing them.
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“It's very sad and hard to believe, but they were killed in cold blood by the villagers,” government spokesman Albert Damantang Camara said, according to Agence France-Presse. The delegation under the wrath of the villagers with stones and clubs fled into the bush after the attack, according to the Guinean radio, but they were pursued and killed.
It’s unfortunate that in the midst of such epidemic, innocent workers could meet such a horrible death. Many health workers are now known to have fled their posts, afraid to work, especially at places where the disease has killed doctors, nursesj and hygienists. The killing of the delegation is now one of the setbacks to prevent health care workers going to affected areas in Africa.
The impact of Ebola, picture: Courtesy of World Health Organization.