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ibudiallo  ·  2479 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Update on ebola

It's very easy to be sitting in a place of comfort and throw in the most inhuman solution and pretend like that is all we need to solve the issue.

Guinea (the source) is not your typical country. First, it's a third world country. Second, it has been struggling with very disturbing political climate that we never here about in our daily media outlet in the west.

I am from Guinea and I get regular updates from the situation not only from the internet and Guinean news but from my family that lives there. Let me give you something you don't hear on the news here: The city of Friya did not have access to electricity for almost 2 years now. Water shortage is an everyday problem.

They are struggling with very harsh conditions and Ebola (a very potent virus) is only one of the problems. Information does not flow as easily as it flows in the West or in more developed countries. A lot of people still do not believe, or are not aware that there is an Ebola outbreak.

It is easy for us, we are bombarded with information in our said comfortable sit. I get mad every time I hear about funerals and ceremonies in times like these. But if you think about it, despite the bombing and killings, a hot zones like Israel, Palestine, Syria and Iraq, people are still celebrating weddings, birthdays, and making the most of their lives.

I don't blame you to say burn the bodies, yes it will stop the spread of the virus through this channel. But it is not the only channel of contagion.

The solution like others have pointed out is education and communication. The borders of the affected countries have been closed, that's a major step towards containment. Now there needs to be committees traveling in the country educating the population from the biggest cities to most remote.

This will have a better effect and should be the long term solution. And since we are in the subject, let me tell you what else we could do other the sit here and ramble.

Things like hand sanitizers and and plastic gloves are very hard to come by. Hospitals and clinics are not well equipped and need the best tools money can buy.

Start a freaking Ice bucket challenge if you have to. Let's not waste time talking nonsense here. We can make a difference, and who knows, you might feel good about yourself in the process.





user-inactivated  ·  2479 days ago  ·  link  ·  

burning diseased bodies is inhuman?

    and pretend like that is all we need to solve the issue.

didn't

    that we never here about in our daily media outlet in the west.

stop with this

    But if you think about it, despite the bombing and killings, a hot zones like Israel, Palestine, Syria and Iraq, people are still celebrating weddings, birthdays, and making the most of their lives.

non sequitur

I appreciate your perspective and hope your family is taking precautions to remain safe. I don't appreciate you making a lot of assumptions about what I know and don't know about your country, ebola and what it will take to end this outbreak.

I seem to be more or less alone in thinking that maybe, just maybe, basic human dignity and cultural affectations have to be tossed out the fucking window when thousands of people are dying horrifically. Hand sanitizer and more doctors and hospital guidelines and quarantines and everything would help. So would not holding funerals and letting twenty people come into contact with every ebola victim after they die. One of those goals is more realizable than the other, unfortunately.