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    Posted: July 03 2014 at 4:57pm
WND EXCLUSIVE
U.N.: EBOLA OUTBREAK COULD BECOME PANDEMIC
Anxious health ministers from 11 countries in emergency meeting
Published: 24 hours ago
JEROME R. CORSI
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UNITED NATIONS – Health ministers from 11 West African countries began a two-day Emergency Ministerial meeting in Accra, Ghana, Wednesday amid concern the outbreak of the Ebola virus that began in Ghana could spread across their region as an uncontrolled pandemic.

In a statement distributed at the United Nations, the World Health Organization, WHO, classified the current Ebola outbreak as the worst ever.

The outbreak traces back to cases appearing in rural Guinea in March, which spread across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. So far, a total of 750 cases and 455 deaths have been reported in the affected countries, according to WHO.

Reuters reported Wednesday the Red Cross was forced to temporarily suspend some operations in the country’s southeast after a marked Red Cross vehicle was confronted and stopped by a knife-wielding mob that was concerned the medical workers were responsible for spreading the disease.

The WHO regional director for Africa, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, speaking at the opening session of the Accra meeting, called for urgent, collective cross-actions to bring an end to the outbreak.

“Your leadership is critical in ensuring that preventive and containment measures are effectively implemented in your countries,” Sambo said. “To this end, I would like to stress the need to redeploy human resources and reallocate funds to facilitate operations in affected communities.”

Sambo observed that the continuing spread of the Ebola virus is largely associated with some cultural practices and traditional beliefs that are contrary to recommended public health preventive measures. Also, the extensive movement of people within and across borders has facilitated the rapid spread of the infection across three countries.

“In Liberia, our biggest challenge is denial, fear and panic. Our people are very much afraid of the disease,” Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s deputy health minister, told Reuters at the Accra meeting. “People are afraid but do not believe that the disease exists and because of that people get sick and the community members hide them and bury them, against all the norms we have put in place.”

Reuters noted that health authorities are trying to stop relatives of Ebola victims from giving traditional funerals in which family members wash the body and eat a meal in the presence of the deceased prior to burial.

Given the highly contagious nature of the disease, WHO guidelines require health care medical professionals working with Ebola patients to wear full rubber protection suits, including face mask and goggles, gloves, rubber boots and a full-length apron in Guinea’s sweltering heat and humidity.

In a series of heart-breaking emails written home, U.S.-based doctor William Fisher described the brutal reality of the rampant Ebola epidemic he experienced working for three weeks with physicians from Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders, in a cement building in West Guinea set up to treat victims.

In an email June 2, Fisher described the death of a patient:

Today was a pretty tough day – one of the first two patients I admitted on May 30 died. I walked into his room and he was on the floor half naked surrounded by bloody emesis and diarrhea. I put him back in bed, bathed him, and put fresh clothes on him and as I finished he died.

It’s pretty emotional to bathe a 27-year-old man who was incredibly strong and rendered completely helpless. His sister is next door and will likely die in the next hour. This is all in front of the other patients in the room, many of whom are family members or neighbors. The despair is suffocating. My computer is running out of batteries. Sorry, more to come.

His description of the workers clothed with a head-to-foot rubber suit was equally compelling:

Yesterday, I went into the isolation zone carrying a small thermometer in my pocket to measure the temperature in my suit – 46 C or about 115 F. We spend between 1-2 hours in there at a time, typically, 2-3 times per day. You lose all sense of time once you’re inside, but have to pay very close attention to your breathing and heart rate and head out when they start to increase, as it takes 10 minutes to actually get out.

Addressing the delegates at the ministerial meeting in Accra, Dr. Sherry Ayittey, the minister of health of Ghana, said: “We are here to make a real difference … a difference that will be felt beyond this room for millions of people in dire need for solutions. We have a small window of opportunity to prevent the outbreak of Ebola from spreading further.”

The WHO reports Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks, in Nzara, Sudan, and in a village in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo, situated near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.

“Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals,” the WHO website notes.

“In Africa,” WHO says, “infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found dead or ill in the rainforest.”

Ebola spreads from close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn the symptoms of Ebola include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain and lack of appetite. Some patients also experience a rash, red eyes, hiccups, cough, sore throat, chest pain, difficulty breathing and swallowing, as well as bleeding inside and outside of the body.

After an incubation period of between two and 21 days, the Ebola virus can cause death a few days after the virus appears in particularly virulent cases where the body organs shut down and internal bleeding becomes unstoppable.

The Ebola virus has alarmed international health officials because the frequency of international air travel has increased the possibility the outbreak in one nation might quickly be transmitted to other countries by patients in the incubation phase of the infection.


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Not much new except maybe the headline. But as I understand it, "pandemic" defined means "all people", meaning, world-wide. "Pandemic" should not be used unless they really mean world-wide not regional, endemic. Unless...they know something we are unaware of...
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Unless this goes H2H via air this can't be considered a pandemic. The UN can't deal with this situation because the people they are trying to help are ignorant of basic sanitization. If they want the USA to step I hope they are mistaken...this is already out of control and it is Africa's problem unless it goes H2H via air.

This is getting really ugly!
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These people are ignorant period. They're seeing witch doctors.
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Dr Sambo....  Really

Come on someones taking the piss.




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LOL, Dr. Sambo is for real...LOL!   They do not know in Africa or WHO that Sambo is a character in a very old story here in the U.S.
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I remember something of a Little Sambo in a comic book 40 years ago.
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The book was titled The Story of Little Black Sambo. Not politically correct not but it is part of the past.   I think you can still purchase the book.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote arirish Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 04 2014 at 11:44pm
when I was young we had a Sambo's restaurant close to our house, they had great food at 2:00 am after a large night.

This is from a WHO press release.



Dr Luis Gomes Sambo, of Angola, was unanimously re-elected by the 59th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee (RC) for Africa as WHO Regional Director for Africa. The 126th session of the WHO Executive Board (EB) re-appointed him to serve a second five-year term from 1 February 2010. His first mandate was from 1 February 2005 to 31 January 2010.

He qualified as a medical doctor from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Angola and obtained a Diploma of specialist in Public Health from the Portuguese Medical Association. He holds a PhD degree in Management from the University of Hull, UK.

Dr Sambo started his career in 1977 as District Medical Officer at the Municipality of Cacuaco in the Province of Luanda and was the Director of Health Services in the province of Cabinda from 1978 to 1980. He also served as Director of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Health in Luanda from 1981 and 1983.

He was appointed Vice-Minister of Health in 1983, a position he held for five years. As the Angolan Vice-Minister of Health, he was Chair of the National Health Committee; Coordinator of the public hospitals in Luanda; and Supervisor of the areas related to Disease Control, Mother and Child Health and Human Resources for Health.

He joined WHO in 1989 as Chief of the Inter-Country Strategic Support Team in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he oversaw technical support to strengthen health systems in the Southern African countries. In 1990, he was assigned to Guinea Bissau as WHO Country Representative.

He was re-assigned to the Regional Office in Brazzaville in 1994 as Head of the Unit in charge of coordinating the implementation of Health-For-All Strategy. In 1996 he served as Director of the Division of Health Services Development at the Regional Office. In 1998, he was appointed Director of Programme Management at the same office.

Awards and distinctions conferred on him in recognition of his contribution to and achievements in the field of public health include the following: Certificate - Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Seventh Edition 2009-2010 by the Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board, USA; Honorary Doctorate (Doutor Honoris Causa) from Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Portugal in 2012; ’Officier de l’Ordre National de la Valeur’ of the Republic of Cameroon in 2012; ‘Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Mérite du Benin’ in 2012; Officier de l’Ordre of Burkina Faso in 2010; Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Kinshasa, DR Congo in 2009; Silver Plate award by the Angolan Medical Association in 2008; Commandeur de l’Ordre de Madagascar in 2007 and the ‘Médaille d’Or de la Santé Publique’ by the Republic of Niger in 2006.

Dr Sambo has several publications in international scientific journals. He is a member of the Angolan Medical Association, the Portuguese Medical Association, the International Society of Systems Sciences and Member of the International Editorial Board - The Global Library of Women's Medicine.

He is fluent in spoken and written Portuguese, French and English

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canaan_Banana The first president of Zimbabwe was named Banana. Sometimes wise people end up with not so wise names ! ("My name is Sue"-song !)
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Originally posted by Dutch Josh Dutch Josh wrote:

. Sometimes wise people end up with not so wise names !


My favourate (from the Philippines) was the churchman high up in the Catholic Church that was called Cardinal Sin.


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Edited due to poor taste...
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The chairman of the EU changes from one prime-minister to the other, some decades ago it went from the Dutch prime-minister "Kok" to the Irish one named "Dick"....complete OT !
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OK... I'll edit mine...if you edit yours. Lol

Sorry folks. I keep trying to find something viral to talk about. But all I'm finding is rehashed older news. Or I don't know where to look.

Another medical person caught MERS. This time in Iran. That's now four there. One passed. Maybe "pandemic" can mean "al people" of a large or specific region. Or how 'bout "panovertheredemic".

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2014/07/mers-cov-infects-iranian-health-worker-kills-saudi-man
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I used to work for a man by the name of Peter Dickburn.  When I first started working for him I was embarrassed and at the same time had to hold back my laughter when squeezing out his name with a blush.. 
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My personal favourites:

We had a Manchester policeman in the 70s called Bobby Copper.

A friend of mine was accountant for a firm of builders who originally invented a name for their company as their own were considered to be unusable, When they were about to go bankrupt, they decided to go for broke and used their own names.

The building firm of "Bodgeit and Scarper" is doing exceptionally well now.
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