Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this opinion piece in Today in Abuja: Ebola: Nightmare at Noonday. Excerpt:
Far beyond the current crisis of public health information mismanagement, the Ebola incidence, as could be expected, has assumed a complex and international character. As in some of the typical conundrum of ours, be it malaria, sickle cell or HIV/AIDS, we have been savaged by Ebola, and the only hope for our salvation, lies abroad.
Health Minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu was prompt to appeal to the American government to send us the anti-Ebola experimental drug, Zmapp to treat Nigerian victims. And President Barack Obama too, was quick to turn it down. We will return to this point presently.
The containment of the outbreak may be a difficult social undertaking, but prevention is not as difficult, when strict regime of personal hygiene is kept. Indeed, Dr. Peter Piot, the professor of tropical medicine, who identified the Ebola virus in 1976, in a blood sample sent him by a Belgian nun from Yambuku village in the then Zaire, recently observed that, “we shouldn’t forget that this is a disease of poverty, distrust and dysfunctional health systems.”
This about summarises the consequences of our underdevelopment and continued sense of dependency. Otherwise, how do we explain our sustained, strong belief that vaccines for malaria, sickle cell, HIV/AIDS and Ebola can, and will be found by America and Europe to treat ailments that largely afflict black populations? This is the tragedy.