Ebola is a deadly disease, with no approved cure. This raises various issues, and urgent steps must be taken to contain and fight it.
THE Ebola outbreak in several West African countries is causing concern all over the world. That is easy to understand. Ebola is a deadly disease, more than half of those contracting it can die, there is so far no cure and it seems to be quite easily passed on from one person to another.
Almost 2,000 people are known to have been infected and more than a thousand have died, and even this is probably a significant under-estimate.
In the most affected countries, medical facilities are over-stretched, and supplies of personal protective equipment and disinfectants are inadequate and a crisis atmosphere has developed.
Also, more alarming is that many doctors, other medical personnel and social workers who have been helping the victims, have themselves come down with the disease.
According to one report, more than 170 health-related workers have been infected and some have died, including the leading doctor fighting the disease in Sierra Leone, and a Spanish priest running a facility providing assistance to patients.
This news prompts us to really appreciate those medical and social workers who are prepared to take risks to live up to the best ideals of their noble professions.
by MARTIN KHOR.