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Fighting Ebola with dignity

Updated on November 30, 2014

A disease not a misfortune


Ebola virus disease, known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, or simply Ebola, is a severe disease that has a high risk of death, killing currently 70% of those infected with the virus in Africa, especially in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The three countries are African nations in which the fight of Ebola seems like a battle against a misfortune.

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest one in history according to the World Health Organization. It’s why in the African countries affected by the mortal disease, people are in panic. They think there is in this disease a fatality that leads to destruction. Is it a mortal disease? No doubt. Is it a fixed, unalterably predetermined course of things? Absolutely no. African leaders have to fight Ebola epidemic with dignity. It’s the same for the world nations whose leaders decide to help the World Health Organization saving thousands of lives. Dignity means respect to people who are enduring such kind of cruel disease.

Indeed, although the journalists’ mission is to inform truthfully the people, it is not fair to read in the newspaper this kind of things:“ If certain mutations occurred, it would mean that just breathing would put one at risk of contracting Ebola”. Relax! Don’t scream fire yet for nothing. Anyway, the lesson is clear for African leaders who have to pilot their countries wisely and lucidly to avoid this sort of unfair comment.

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