THE EBOLA-VIRUS, HOW OUR TREATMENT CULTURE IN AFRICA HAS LET US DOWN.

We all grow up being faced with one recurring sickness or the other. This is undoubtedly something that characterizes an individual, irrespective of how much we try in staying healthy and keeping our surroundings devoid of filth and all other constituents of it. The manner in which each and every sickness is treated may vary due to its complexities and as such that of a prevalent outbreak may differ significantly. The outbreak of the Ebola virus has led to the raising of eye-brows as to how disease outbreaks are being treated in Africa, to be more specific in sub-Saharan Africa.

I reckon that Africa is a developing continent amidst the enormous potential it has to rise up to be a major global player but that subject will be for another day as I focus on the treatment process of disease outbreaks. Much has been said and witnessed about the severity of the deadly Ebola virus. A lot of people in West-Africa have fallen victims to this disease but I must say that much can or could have been done to lessen the number. I remember telling someone earlier on that the two American health officials who were taken to America to be treated will not fall as victims to the disease. It’s not a question of comparison between America and Africa as I have earlier stated. It boils down to our treatment culture.

Although the experimental serum played a major role in them returning to full health, there are a lot more to this than just that. In one word, I would say ‘cleanliness’.This very factor played a major role in the treatment process. Over the past weeks, I’ve been privileged to watch reports on the Ebola virus on various television stations and I must admit that there’s one thing which is mutual among those reports. The lack of hygiene, I know that all the affected nations are doing their very best to tackle the outbreak head on but the aforementioned factor is something they have not in detail taken into consideration. The quarantine of the affected people is a very good step taken but that is the same place where we fall short as a continent.

Throughout all the video reports that I have been privileged to have watched, there’s total negligence of personal hygiene. How on earth can a person being treated be wearing a filthy attire when we all know that filth is a constituent of the disease. How on earth can such a person survive from the disease. How on earth can these patients survive when their homes are being looted while they are stationed in the quarantine facilities. I also saw on the television very recently a lot of police personnel deployed into shanty towns in the affected nations to clamp down and destroy slams with force. This should not be like a war zone where things are done with no sense of caution. People are being driven away from their ‘houses’ with no forehand notice. The question of administration comes into mind when deliberating on this very subject.

In sundry, all that I would like to echo is that the western world can bring us the serum to help lessen if not to alleviate the prevalence of the disease totally but we as a people or in contemporary vocabulary as ‘custodians’ would have to take our treatment culture into consideration and should be able to sensitizie people on how to prevent such an outbreak in the near future. I reiterate once again it’s not a question of comparison but it’s rather a call on the treatment culture employed in sub-Saharan Africa which has to be averted to the right direction.

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