The catastrophy struck dead_Hard. The bang was louder than that of a hollywood release. No sooner had the media gathered substantial intelligence for reporting than the news became too obvious. Left right and Centre, our brothers and sisters from the african West succumbed to Ebola dusk to dawn. The dire penetration was unimaginable.
News of the wonder disease hence were viral on print,electronic and social media. Indeed it was a cry for all but crying alone for sure wasnt meant to help. Sympathy too wouldnt may be Emphathy would create just but a minute drop of hope in a desert of calamity. Some even joked. Notorious for which was my Friend Jim, who lightly asked “do you know how painful it is to use a condom all your life only to die of Ebola?”
Outof calamity, heroes were born. A US doctor took the bull by the horns helping thousands of victims afflicted by the deadly invasion obvious of the harsh risk he was running. I will sadly say nature is unfair for it dint spare him an infection. The international community was watching. Intervention after intervention followed but with calculated approach less the world too became a kind victim. Partners, governments and dozens of well-wishers accorded humanitarian support to the ailing West but again the persistence thrived more than the support. The US for instance dispatched plane after plane of military support to help in the deadly West African fight. The Bill Clinton Foundation was also on the frontline. Words of mother Teresa resonded in my ears “we are all here on Earth to help others, what others are here for i dont know.”
Reports of bodies of deceased lay heaped in streets unattended. Affected governments got desparate with measures to contain the deadly situation. Some woarkable some sondly humiliating but indeed man must live. Health facilities ran out of operation. Everyone did what was within their rich but death and more death was the reward. Cases of affected victims being segregated upon and discriminated against by their relatives were rife. Nobody knew what to do only the invasion knew where to hit hard.
Back at home we were strongly divided between offering a helping hand, doing business and averting the looming riskof Ebola spread. Kenya Airways for instance insisted with continuation with the West African bound flights against the public outcry. It even became a matter of discussion on the Floor of the 11th parliament. Borders were strongly guarded. In the eventual run news of unidentified cases of suspected victims were on air and it sent shivers down everyones spine. All i do is murmur prayers that hope befalls the west and us too. The wait is synonymous to that of Biblical Jonah In the Belly of a fish but am sure we are waiting on something.
Just as i pen off, lets have a nutshell insight into the deadly Ebola disease. Ebola virus disease (EVD), Ebola haemorrhagic fever (EHF) or simply Ebola is a disease of humans and other primates caused by an Ebolavirus. Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. Typically vomiting, diarrhea and rash follow, along with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys. Around this time affected victims may begin to bleed both within the body and outside.