The worst disease outbreak has occurred. That is already a tragedy now. The worst case is that we don’t know how to control it. We are facing a problem that we can’t solve. We don’t know of its existence in the first place. This is usually the case when Ebola outbreaks. The blame is usually on the health officials who assume that it’s just any other normal disease. In the previous cases where the disease has attacked, it has taken long for the disease to be under control. As matters are looked into from a deeper angle, it is brought out that there are certain factors that lead to this. Unfortunately, the longer the disease remains active among the community, the longer the effects. If these factors can be sorted out, maybe the virus can be contained in a short while. In West Africa, the time taken for the disease to be announced gone was almost a year. That’s a long time considering that people continue to suffer from the virus. Check out these factors hereof.
- Lack of preparedness
Modern lifestyles have become somewhat sweet that people don’t anticipate any danger surrounding them. Other people are just local and can’t be blamed. They don’t know a thing about this deadly disease. In fact, they will say that so and so is suffering from a mysterious disease of bleeding. By the time the knowledge is brought to them, they are already victims and most of them are dead. When you are ignorant, you can’t take the required measures. Unfortunately, Ebola does not have empathy with the fact that you are ignorant. Campaigns should be carried out to let everyone know more about Ebola. Regions that are prone to these outbreaks should be attended to first.
- Poor infrastructure
When it comes to emergencies, waiting is not an option. The worst part about our topic virus is that it attacks the western Africa countries that are known for poverty. Roads are poor. Health facilities are among the worst. Laboratories are outdated and nothing much can be done there. The physicians don’t know much of the disease, leave alone the victims. In fact, most of them will just panic fearing for their lives as well. This low level of expertise leads to the disease building a camp on the regions without seizing.
- Porous borders/travel
As a matter of fact, Ebola outbreaks require containment for faster control. That means that victims are separated from the rest of the population before they infect them. With huge populations in the western Africa region and porous borders, the disease is challenging to control. By the time it is being discovered, some people have already taken it out of the country.
- Traditional customs
Africans have plenty of customs and believes. Where Ebola is the topic, some of these customs don’t apply. They only pose a risk of spreading the disease further. Bathing in water that has washed a corpse is one of the most criticized.