Category Archives: Liberia

Too soon to celebrate Liberia’s unexplained Ebola decline

Thanks to my friend Bob A. for bringing this article by Sheri Fink to my attention:  Too soon to celebrate Liberia’s unexplained Ebola decline

Around the country, treatment centers, laboratory workers who test for Ebola, and international and national health officials attempting to track the epidemic have noticed an unexpected pattern: There are far fewer people being treated for Ebola than anticipated.
The rest of the article is in the link above.

Daniel Berehulak / New York Times photographer

Life, Death and Grim Routine Fill the Day at a Liberian Ebola Clinic: “I think the world needs to come.”

Experience what it is like to be at an Ebola Treatment Unit in Bong County, Liberia, by reading this article written by Sheri Fink of the New York Times and view all 12 of its excellent slideshow photos:  Life, Death and Grim Routine Fill the Day at a Liberian Ebola Clinic

The article also has one of the most touching quotes published:

One night, he said, someone died under the same roof. “It’s too pathetic,” Mr. Davies said through tears. “I think the world needs to come.”

-Kolast Davies, ArcelorMittal employee, Yekepa, Liberia

Health workers prayed before the start of their shift at the Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit in Suakoko, Liberia. Ebola is under assault here in a cluster of cobalt-blue buildings operated by an American charity,  International Medical Corps. Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

One night, he said, someone died under the same roof. “It’s too pathetic,” Mr. Davies said through tears. “I think the world needs to come.”

-Kolast Davies

Wish to Do More in Ebola Fight Meets Reality in Liberia

What is like to work at an Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia?  What type of care does a patient receive?  Here is a link to a New York Times article that answers those questions through a survivor’s success story:  Wish to Do More in Ebola Fight Meets Reality in Liberia

For days, the medical team at the International Medical Corps facility worried that Ms. Sayon would not survive. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

WHO: Ebola Decline in Liberia Could Be Real Trend

It is too early to make a conclusive judgment, but at present there is a drop in Ebola numbers.  Does it mean that Ebola is beginning to go away, or is it simply a lull as Ebola numbers have done so in the past, or is it worse– the true numbers are not revealed because they are hidden by victims’ families?  Here is the link to the WHO’s take on the Ebola data from west Africa:  Home> Health WHO: Ebola Decline in Liberia Could Be Real Trend

Liberia Ebola West Africa

Health workers place the body of a man into a grave, as he is suspected of contracting and dying from the Ebola virus on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. The United States will help fight Ebola over “the long haul,” the American ambassador to the United Nations said on a trip to the West African countries hit by the outbreak.(AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

In Liberia, a Good or Very Bad Sign: Empty Hospital Beds

The New York Times looks at whether empty beds means that Ebola is diminishing in Liberia or whether it means people are avoiding Ebola Treatment Units:  In Liberia, a Good or Very Bad Sign: Empty Hospital Beds.

But the fact remains, if an ill Ebola patient is treated EARLY at an Ebola Treatment Unit, their survival rate increases to about 75%.  That is so much better than a 70% death rate.