Natives Attack Red Cross Team while Burying Ebola Virus Victims
One of the biggest hurdles being faced by volunteers to control West Africa's Ebola virus outbreak is resentment of native people. It has come into notice that a Red Cross team was attacked while they were collecting dead bodies believed to be infected with Ebola in southeastern Guinea.
Benoit Carpentier, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, shared that the attack took place on Tuesday in Forecariah.
One of the Red Cross workers faced a fatal injury on his neck, but is now recovering. Mariam Barry, a resident, shared that family members of the dead attacked the six volunteers and then vandalized their cars.
Seeing this, a crowd gathered at the spot and they went to the regional health office and threw stones at the building. The incident is considered to be the latest in the string of assaults that has hampered the efforts of teams working to bury bodies, control the situation and provide a clear picture of the outbreak.
Out of all the incidents, the most shocking one happened last week when a team of health officials and journalists in Guinea were abducted and killed. The team's main aim was to educate people on how they can take precautions to keep themselves safe from getting infected with the virus.
The outbreak is considered to be the world's largest ever for the disease. One of the main reasons for it to become widespread is that it remained undetected for months. Another major reason is the local opposition to the efforts to control the outbreak.
More than 5,800 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Senegal are believed to be infected with the virus.
Carpentier affirmed, "You need to reach almost one person by one person, so they all understand and there's not one person who doesn't believe and they drag the entire village around by spreading wrong messages".
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