Another great find by Lucie Lecomte: Via News.VA, the Official Vatican Network (where you can also acquire the updated version of The Pope App): Ebola, Father Turay (Sierra Leone): "Here people still believe that the virus does not exist". Click through for a 25-minute audio in Italian. The Google translation:
"The situation here is getting worse. We were not prepared. As a local church, in e have done and continue to do a task force to raise awareness in the villages to convince people that ebola is not an invention, but it exists. Some still do not want to render into account."
We reached by telephone in Sierra Leone, the father of Joseph Turay, vice rector of the Catholic University of Makeni, that the killer virus, which has so far caused more than 1,500 deaths, mostly in Guinea and Liberia, states: "Here was told that there 'is a cure to the virus, and then the people do not go to hospitals. Instead, we, through our diocesan radio, we try to inform, together with the support of catechists. Then teach them how to disinfect, to use more care in hygiene. We give food to sustain people in quarantine. Speak ebola every Sunday in the parish.
"Here, no staff, shortage of experts, we do not have facilities adequate," resumed the religious. "We are in bad shape. There are those of Doctors Without Borders but they are few and you have to take into account that we have only three laboratories to do the testing all over the country. We continue our mission - he adds - we stay here and pray with them."
Who is most at risk? "Ebola affects especially the poor," emphasizes P. Turay. "We live in a twenty in the same house, there is promiscuity and this predisposes to infection. Ebola is a challenge to our own culture."
What appeal do you feel?" My appeal is to the institutions in Italy and in Europe, to the universities, to become our partners to act together. As rector of a Catholic university I want to plan a cooperation to establish a medical school social that can help us to be even more ready in front of other emergencies in the future."
Meanwhile in Pomezia (RM) four years, with an acceleration in the last two years, he is working on the vaccine against Ebola. "Now they are beginning tests on human beings" - says Dr. Pietro Di Lorenzo, President of IRBM (Integrated Biotech Research Model) - "applying an eggs methodology based on the integration of gene therapy and immunotherapy. In 2015 we should have the final say on human experimentation."