Sample Healthcare Paper on Liberians

Liberians

Introduction

            Liberia is one of the West African nations that are severely hit by the deadly Ebola epidemic. The country has particularly experienced the severest outbreak since a group of Ebola viruses were identified in 1976. On this note, the virus has been associated with a remarkable rate of mortality with an estimated fatality rate of more than 71% (WHO, 2014). Although this epidemic has as well been witnessed in other West African nations, these nations have only experienced few cases of the outbreak thereby making Liberia to the hardest hit nation. This paper reflects on how Liberians want to be remembered because of the crisis that has severely hit their nation (WHO, 2014).

How Liberians want to be remembered

            Liberians, among other members of Ebola-hit nations in West Africa, are experiencing the severe consequences of the current Ebola crisis that have affected their nation. According to WHO (2014), Liberia has been categorized as home for more than 1224 deaths and 2042 infections resulting from the Ebola virus. Almost every individual in the country has been affected as the Ebola epidemic that has interfered with the social, economic and family life in the country. Prior to this crisis, Liberians were renowned for the love and affection they exhibited for each other. They were renowned for their passion to shake each other’s hands, exchange embraces and kisses as well as share utensils and personal items (WHO, 2014). This is however not the case today as Liberians have to be considerate about the potential threats of contracting the infection from close friends and relatives. They thus have to bow rather than shake hands in greetings, avoid any physical contact and wash their hands at every identified location to avoid infection (WHO, 2014).

Despite this being the case, Ebola has continued to be perceived as being a government issue of concern that the state should use to attract foreign aid. Liberian medical practitioners in the Diaspora have been reluctant to return home and offer their technical skills to address the crisis. This is because they feel that the crisis does not concern them, and hence, the government should work closely with the international community to address the issue. This, however, is not how Liberians want to be remembered (WHO, 2014). Liberian doctors, nurses and physicians are among the best and most qualified medical practitioners in the entire world. Their reluctance to go back home and help in addressing the current issue is attributed by the fact that they are used to criticizing the Liberian government without making any significant progress. The severity of the current crisis however demands that these medics should do everything within their capacity to help contain the epidemic. Research by WHO (2014) has shown that Liberia only has fifty one medical doctors entrusted to serve a total citizenry of more than 3.7 million individuals. The medical professionals should thus make efforts to go back home and give a helping hand to help contain the Ebola epidemic. Such a commitment would leave a significant landmark as it wills not only help to increase the number of qualified medics but it will as well increase the rate at which the epidemic would be addressed. Their efforts would also help to increase the required capacity to address the issue thereby ensuring that health facilities are not closed down for lack of crucial capacity that is needed to curb the epidemic (WHO, 2014). As a result, Ebola patients would no longer be left to die in their homes nor will they be quarantined in a particular location where they do not receive any medical attention. The support of Liberian medics in the Diaspora will also help to increase the amount of care given to Ebola patients thereby increasing the level of Ebola survivors. This will not only reduce the number of Ebola-related deaths but will also reduce the rate of infection (WHO, 2014).

Conclusion

Ebola has become a very serious epidemic that has greatly affected the social, economic and family life in Liberia. Liberian medical practitioners in the Diaspora have however continued to perceive it as a government issue that should be used to attract foreign support. While they constitute to the most qualified medics in the world, they want to be remembered for the significant contribution they make towards containing the epidemic. They should thus go back home and give medical support, which will increase the level of available expertise, prevent health facilities from closing up, help reduce the number of deaths and infections and reduce the number of patients that are quarantined or left to die in their houses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

WHO. (2014). Ebola Control Centre, Bulletin on the World Health Organization, 92(2):99-125.

WHO. (2014). Ebola Virus Disease in Western Africa, Bulletin on the World Health Organization, 92 (5):12-45.