World Health Organization
Kierra Polizzi- FH Northern High School
More than 11,000 people of died of Ebola since it’s discovery in 1976 in two different parts of Africa. Central Africa Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. The alarming symptoms include fever, aches and pains, weakness and fatigue, gastrointestinal symptoms and unexplained hemorrhaging, bleeding or bruising. Keeping in mind that it is rare but often fatal. Having studied, it was found that the hosts who have the infection do not survive to transmit the virus to other animals. Thus making finding the source difficult. Although, it was found that African fruit bats likely are involved and are possibly the source animal. Taking into account the reduced medical equipment in the infected area, DRC nurses used the same five needles and syringes for 300 to 600 patients a day. The transmission of infected blood from person to person was the reason for the early outbreaks.
Canada has not had any confirmed cases of Ebola. Nevertheless, they have prepared in case a situation were to arise. Although it is very unlikely due to the medical resources and knowledge of the disease. Canadian officials recommend avoiding any non-essential travel to infected areas such as Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and South Sudan. They also offer and recommend a vaccine to prevent the disease. Canada also donated 1,000 doses of experimental Ebola vaccine to West Africa and $5 million to the cause.
Canada has remained active in preventing and abolishing Ebola. Being the first to respond to the biggest outbreak in history. The Public Health Agency of Canada mobile lab worked onsite to help diagnose and treat patients more efficiently. Citizens were eager to help when the Canadian Red Cross created the “Join the Fight Against Ebola” campaign; looking for doctors, nurses, and other volunteers to contribute, they got over double the volunteers than they needed. The Public Health Agency of Canada also deployed French-speaking emergency management, epidemiology, and border health specialists to work with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team in Guinea in March 2015. As well as people they also donated $110 million in financial assistance and their experimental vaccine to the WHO.
Canada embodies their beliefs in action. And calls upon other countries to do the same. Whether it is researching for a cure, sending medical professionals to the place of need, restricting travel to and from contaminated places, and donating money and supplies to better treat victims. Canada urges all countries to help in any way that they can and restrict travel so that it does not spread to non-contaminated populations.
- Kierra Polizzi