Theworst began to confront me two weeks after I had landed in Monrovia,Liberia. I had travelled across the North Atlantic to visit my auntduring a summer vacation. I spent most of my time inside the house,watching programs that captured events across the world. Somethingstrange was beginning to change the history of the world. Print,electronic and social media were awash with cases of deaths of peoplerelating at a deadly outbreak of Ebola. Liberia was a victim of thedeadly attack that was spreading quickly across the borders to theneighboring countries. Panic had gripped the entire nation and darkclouds of sorrow hang over the skies in countries in West Africa. Theebolavirus causes Ebola in human beings and other primates (Basler,2001).
Onthe third day of media broadcast about the disease, my aunt arrivedhome from a workshop. She was looking weak and tired. She complainedof fever, headache and pain in the muscles. I was caught up in adifficult situation. My worst fears were being confirmed by theunfortunate event that had befallen her. I rushed to a nearby chemistand bought medicine that I gave her according to the prescriptions bythe pharmacist. The pharmacist had implied that her condition wasleaning towards malaria attack than what everyone one could think ofat first. My aunt’s husband had not arrived from work. The natureof his work was demanding and in most cases he arrived in the houseafter dusk. I prepared her some culinary and set her for the bed.
Thenext morning, I woke up very early to prepare for a highly publicizedtalk on Sustainable Development in a leading University in Liberia. Iwas very passionate about debate on world peace and how reckless useof world resources could cause instability in the years ahead. Beforemy lecture could begin, I received an unusual call from my aunt’shusband. He told me that my aunt’s condition was worsening andrequested me to rush to the hospital where she had been admitted. Iobliged and within a few minutes, I had arrived at the hospital.
Ifound her husband seated on a somber mood at the waiting lounge. Thedoctors at the hospital had denied him access to the room where myaunt was receiving treatment. I learnt that her symptoms hadincreased. She had a sore throat and her body had begun to bleed. Iremembered that I was given wrong prescription. The medicine didn’twork. It dawned on us that my aunt had become a victim of Ebola whenthe doctor revealed to us the results of the diagnosis. Her blood hadbeen tested for viral antibodies and viral RNA. One of the doctorsthat were attending to her broke the bad news about my aunt’sdemise. The disease enters the body system as a result of contactwith blood or bodily fluids of an infected animal (Fact Sheet, 2014).Infected gorillas, fruit bats, chimpanzees, monkeys and porcupinesalso cause it (Volchkov, 2001).
Thehospital authorities recommended that quarantine be imposed on us forsome time to verify if we had been infected by the virus. After checkup, we were confirmed negative and were released to go home, we werealso advised to be careful while handling meat. It was a difficultmoment of tragedy. My aunt had joined a growing list of 1716 cases ofvictims that had succumbed to the virus (MHSW, 2014). Had thepharmacist think ahead of time and recommend her for check up, may beher condition would have improved. I learnt to exercise caution andpromote awareness about the deadly disease that was felling humanitylike bushfire.
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