Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for this report from CBC News Nova Scotia: Ebola outbreak: Halifax woman worries about family in Sierra Leone. Excerpt:
Josephine Tommy, who lives in Halifax, worries about her mother living in her hometown of Kenema.
Tommy was supposed to be visiting her mother in Sierra Leone right now, but Kenema is currently under quarantine.
“The Ebola outbreak has plagued our country, and Kenema happens to be one of the epicentres,” she said.
Tommy said she has been glued to news about the virus. She decided the best way to help is to keep her family living in West Africa informed about what’s happening and what they can do to keep themselves safe.
“I advised my mom to get a supply of her medication because she's diabetic. Make sure you have your medication, you have food in the house and try to stay home. Stay home, stay home, stay home, and wash your hands,” Tommy told her mother.
Dr. John LeBlanc, who has spent years encouraging peer-to-peer health education in places like Gambia, said those kinds of messages help.
“I think it's about trust. In many situations, we don't trust officials. Especially in places where, perhaps, the messages were incorrect before or people know there may be some degree of inaccuracy,” he said.
Tommy said her mother can get information about Ebola from her local radio station, but sometimes it's just better to hear it from family.
Ebola is one of the deadliest diseases known to humanity. It has no proven cure and there is no vaccine to prevent infection. The most effective treatment involves alleviating symptoms that include fever, vomiting and diarrhea.