Ebola Case Study

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Ebola was reintroduced in Guinea during 2014 and became the largest Ebola outbreak in all of history. By discussing foreign political affairs, the World Health Organization, and historical conflicts, I will expand on why I believe that Guinea was well under prepared for such a large outbreak. Tragedy occurred because Guinean culture is much different than western culture, they lack the knowledge and resources of being able to track down and stop the spread of this disease that killed thousands (muse.jhu.edu, Accessed June 7, 2016).
Foreign political affairs had a great deal of influence of the spread of Ebola. Firstly, when Guinea became independent, they received aid from the United States, but it was not enough to modernize completely. Without
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The only problem is, it was a little too late. Africa is the hot zone for this disease, when it was first introduced back in 1976, it came from African creatures. Instead of doing research and only informing the people who are least at risk for obtaining the virus, they should have done more over in Africa and made it a big deal to discuss with the government officials. France had colonial control over Guinea, they should have put their focus on bettering their health systems. If a good amount of the population is getting deathly sick from Ebola, then their production and exports of raw materials for trade will decrease. Also, for those who come over to travel and visit Guinea, or Africa in general, they should have better health systems so when the travelers fall ill, they can go to the health centers there in Guinea and receive treatment until they are better. This will stop them from needing to leave the country to go get better help elsewhere, heightening the risk of spreading it on airplanes or through car rides. Unfortunately, because Guinea lacks the proper health care, all along the border of Sierra Leone and Liberia, people traveling back and forth caused the Ebola virus to spread throughout those countries. Travelers from Nigeria, the United States, Senegal, and Mali all saw at least one case of Ebola (who.int, Accessed June 7, …show more content…
The workers need to take the precautions and include basic hygiene procedures and use protective equipment. They are required to wear hazmat suits and wear multiple layers of clothing underneath to help prevent any kind of puncture of the skin. While this is a plan that seems to have been effective, that doesn’t talk about how the workers fall ill themselves from being over-worked in the heat of the hot day. When those workers fall ill, there isn’t many left to work since a lot of health care workers from other countries were too scared to come to Guinea to help for fear they would get it too. This is another flaw in the system, if there aren’t people willing to come over to help out since they know the lack of proper health care facilities, then there isn’t too much people can do about it and they have to let people die. The World Health Organization has done a lot of Guinea and did help stop the spread of Ebola later down the road since there is only so much organizations can do for a dependent country, they just couldn’t effectively stop it due to lack of resources that the richer countries didn’t provide for

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