America is saddened with the news that a second health worker at Dallas hospital where Mr. Duncan lost his fight with Ebola has tested positive for the virus.
While it’s upsetting with these unfortunate Ebola developments in the US, Spain and Germany, Africans are dying in thousands due to a virus that the world has known about since 1976.
It is reckoned that many more thousands of souls in Africa will contract the disease and probably die due to the current outbreak. According to the latest numbers from the WHO there have been 8,914 cases of Ebola and 4,447 deaths from the disease. But those figures may underestimate the extent of the crisis, because many cases are not reported.
Since the Ebola virus was first discovered in Guinea, West Africa, the developed world has spent more than a trillion dollars fighting wars. While there are no guarantees that a vaccine would have been discovered since the first case of Ebola, but the attitude of the Western countries has been at best casual. Even now, some are calling for the implementation of what they are classifying as 70-70-60 plan, in which 70 percent of new Ebola cases would be isolated, and 70 percent of dead Africans from Ebola would be safely buried, within 60 days.
Now that Ebola is in everyone’s doorsteps, Africans can rest reassured that help is on the way and maybe the days of Ebola virus are numbered. The French has promised that they will invest in the first Ebola targeted clinic and quarantine center in Juneau, this is a good step, however why now?
What Africans have learned from this deadly disease is to somehow make their unfortunate predicaments affect the West so that they will have no other alternative than heed to their sorrowful voices.