LIBERIA – The image below is a photo of a banner hanging from a fence on a busy street in Monrovia, the capital of Ebola-ravaged Liberia. With utmost respect and compassion for the people of Liberia, I submit this photo as an example of the struggle for public health awareness and the monumental challenge of stopping Ebola before it spreads further.
In recent weeks OBI has flown five chlorine generators into Liberia and conducted training sessions in the operation of the equipment. You see, chlorine kills the virus and is one of the few ways to help contain it.
In fact, government officials told us that chlorine is their greatest need and that they are running out of the chlorine required to disinfect contaminated areas and surfaces and for hand washing stations. Our equipment is capable of producing 550 gallons of chlorine a day, but the Liberian people need more. We need to airlift more life-saving chlorine generators to Liberia.
This week an OBI container filled with new hospital linens and other health supplies is arriving in Monrovia, destined for our partners at the Lutheran Hospital. Besides the horror of Ebola itself, there is an untold story of death and suffering in all the areas affected. The hospital’s director told us, “So many of our people are dying because of Ebola rather than from Ebola.”
People suffering from malaria and other maladies are being shunned because they have a fever and are thought to be infected with Ebola. Many are needlessly dying from malaria and other diseases easily treated and cured under normal circumstances. Even perfectly healthy mothers are dying in childbirth because hospitals and clinics are over full and shorthanded.
Even worse, many of those infected with Ebola are hiding at home until after they become infectious, inadvertently spreading the disease to their family members.
Operation Blessing has boots on the ground—joining with our partners in Liberia to actively stop the progression of this terrible disease. You can help too by joining our efforts to stop Ebola.
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