The Fight to #EndEbola

“Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.” – Oprah Winfrey

 

Hello Fellow Bloggers and Readers,

Many of you may or may not know about the crisis that is currently occurring in West Africa. But, innocent people are dying for a virus that has no cure and the number of deaths continue to rise. People living in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia and Guinea are suffering a virus called the Ebola Virus.  This virus had made many of these countries to be in a state of emergency. Citizens cant leave and foreigners are forbidden to travel to these countries if the reason for going is non-essential. This is scary, heartbreaking and hits home.

What is Ebola?

The Ebola virus is described as a group of viruses that cause a deadly kind of hemorrhagic fever. The term “hemorrhagic fever” means it causes bleeding inside and outside the body. The virus has a long incubation period of approximately eight to 21 days. Early symptoms include fever, muscle weakness, sore throat and headaches.

As the disease progresses, the virus can impair kidney and liver function and lead to external and internal bleeding. It’s one of the most deadly viruses on Earth with a fatality rate that can reach between approximately 50 to 90 percent. There is no cure. – from ABC7 news website. The World Health Organization (WHO) has a detailed synopsis about the Ebola virus on their website.

 

My parents and family members derive from and live in Sierra Leone where this crisis is starting to hit hard. I heard about Ebola back in February when father was there. He explained to what it was but, it had not made an impact then. He knew of a person who died during his spent there. Many thought the man may have died of natural causes while others thought otherwise. At this time, Ebola was not even a topic of conversation. Yet a couple of months later, people started dropping like flies. More than 20 to 30 people were dying a week. That’s crazy!. That is a lot of people to die a short amount of time. Come to find out the virus had spread and was spreading rapidly.

Now people in these countries are living in a state of fear and saying to themselves, “Will I be next?”. It brings chills to my body to even have to think about if one of my own family members will be next. This crisis is very close to home and I am working on bringing attention and awareness to people all over. Because this may not affect you personally but, as a citizen it is your right to help fight for anything that is deeply affecting the way of life for people. We must learn how to fight as one and be united. We lack this effort in many ways than we even know.

Doctors and health officials from all over have risked their lives to fight this contagious disease. Now they are fighting for their lives. They will go down in history as heroes in my book. Because they are doing all that can do to protect the land that I love. During this fight, we lost a great man and a member of family to this fight. His name is Dr. Umar S Khan. I am grief-stricken by his death, but I salute his work and a job well done. The work he has done has me speechless. There are no words for what this man has done. Dr. Khan put his life on the life for his country just to make an impact in the people lives, in which he did. I hope we all can take away from what he has done. No risk or challenge is too big or too small so as long as your heart is in what you want to accomplish. There are so many doctors, nurses, health officials and volunteers to name, but they all know who they are. I salute you for your hard work and patience during this trying time. Your work is greatly appreciated.

As innocent people and doctors continue to die just to perform a civic duty, think to yourself, “What would I do if this happening in my home or around me?”. I want you to dwell on that and you will understand how I feel. All I ask is that you help me educate and share this with other people to bring awareness against this fight for Ebola. We need as much help as we can get. So by you sharing this blog post, or talking about this crisis to a friend, family member, co-worker, spouse or an individual you see out and about, you have made a change.

It is now left to us to enforce change because we have been scared of change for too long and now we are seeing the effects of stubbornness. Change is coming, whether you like it or not. It needs to happen and is going to happen.

Lets get together and FIGHT EBOLA!!!!!!

Thank you,
Fatmatta Wurie

 

 

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