Much like the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Ebola revealed global inequities and exerted a debilitating psychological drag alongside its medical effects. My fellow Americans, who were so quick to condemn West Africa(ns) during the Ebola crisis, would be well served to recall their recent alarm as they struggle to address the Coronavirus.
Both the Coronavirus and Ebola are viruses with many similarities in how they can be prevented. During the Ebola pandemic, while working as a contact tracer, I remember some of the major problems that allowed the virus to spread were misinformation, denial, a poor health system, and a government negligent to follow up on their words in protecting citizens.
The chief medical officer of Liberia, Dr. Francis Kateh, said Liberia scored an â€˜Fâ€™ in a recent simulation of the countryâ€™s resilience and preparedness to handle another Ebola epidemic.
While commemorating the national Ebola burial site on Disco Hill, Rep. Tibelrosa Tarponweh of Margibiâ€™s first district described the countryâ€™s health sector in the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak as â€˜messy.â€™
A non-profit human resource development and capacity building organization, Liberia-Ghana Missions, has paid the tuition and fees for 60 Ebola orphans and vulnerable children in Montserrado.
An NGO caring for Ebola orphans recently held an event at the Chevron Park where toys and food items were distributed to 60 children.Â
Everyone in Liberia has one way or another experienced the powerful bite of a mosquito. Most Liberians, especially those who cannot afford to purchase a mosquito coil or net, experience restless nights, mainly during the dry season.
Did Ureyâ€™s team treat over 5,000 people during the Ebola epidemic? And if so, was that number more than what the government and international community treated combined?