Classrooms are empty in Sierra Leone, but education hasn’t ground to a halt.
School has yet to resume after last year’s summer break in the West African country due to the rapid spread of Ebola throughout 2014. According to AFP, more than 1 million school-aged kids in Sierra Leone — one of the hardest-hit nations of the epidemic — have been out of class for several months.
NAIROBI, KENYA — When Ebola reached Nigeria, health officials were worried about the populous country’s ability to control the virus – particularly in Lagos, the nation’s coastal megacity and transport hub.
But this week, teams of American health officials are Lagos-bound to learn from Nigeria’s experience in defying expectations and stopping the outbreak before it could wreak havoc.
Nigeria‘s success with Ebola outbreak provides working model, contact tracing, to be implemented in the US. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, infectious disease expert confirms no new victims since August 31, 2014. Much of the success is credited to an alert and responsive community.
As concerns spread over U.S. hospital readiness, there are some lessons to be learned from Nigeria, where officials managed to get ahead of the fast-moving virus after it was brought into Africa’s most populous country by an Ebola-infected man who’d flown into Lagos. This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the outbreak could be coming to an end in Nigeria, with no new Ebola cases since Aug. 31.
John F Kennedy Airport has begun new screenings for West African passengers flying into New York from countries being ravaged by the Ebola virus.As many as 150 travelers per day who arrive from Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will now be stopped and checked with contactless thermometers in the hope of keeping the disease out of the United States.Anybody who has a fever will be interviewed to see whether they have had contact with an Ebola sufferer, and from there can be quarantined if necessary.Scroll down for video
Ebola dead are carted away to cremation without burial rites and rituals. Their families cast aside as refuge. All of the victims are not Ebola deaths, however. Under legitimate fear and the subsequent necessary forced cremation policy, all dead are now being carried away while their families look on in horror. The photo below tells some of this story. The associated article and photos tell the rest. Sacred social rituals are easily disposed of among the most poor of any community.
A woman throws a handful of soil towards the body of her sister as Ebola burial team members take her Mekie Nagbe, 28, for cremation on October 10, 2014 in Monrovia, Liberia. Nagbe, a market vendor, collapsed and died outside her home earlier in the morning while leaving to walk to a treatment center, according to her relatives. The burial of loved ones is important in Liberian culture, making the removal of infected bodies for cremation all the more traumatic for surviving family members. John Moore/Getty Images
Talking about her feelings when she was infected, she said she felt there was no mercy in the hospital. Kamara was admitted to a ward packed with Ebola patients, where only a few people were available to help with treatment.”People died on a daily basis when I was in the ward. For days, we weren’t served food; there was no mercy. I just thank God I survived,” Kamara said.