Ebola, A Global Health Crisis

The Ebola virus caused worldwide health scare. According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola virus disease is severe and fatal for humans with an average fatality rate of 50%. The virus originates from animals in the wild and then gets transmitted to humans and spreads through human-to-human transmissions when there is direct contact to the blood, secretions, and other bodily fluids of animals and persons affected by the disease.

Because of our interconnectedness in today’s world, it is possible that a disease that started in a remote town in Africa will reach and affect people living elsewhere in the world. This is exactly what happened in the Ebola virus disease outbreak. The Ebola epidemic posed a serious threat to the health and welfare of the people not only in Liberia but the world over. This made it a global health crisis. The whole world has a stake in the fight against Ebola. Up to this moment, there is no approved vaccine to make humans immune from the virus. The Ebola outbreak in Liberia highlighted the need for improved public health not just in their country but across all countries in the world. Public health is concerned with the promotion of good health and prevention of disease worldwide. This is crucial in these times because our societies are interconnected. This makes us realize the need to protect our health care workers. They are on the front lines in our fight against epidemics such as Ebola. It also shows us the importance of public health records and data collection. These are essential in the rapid assessment of disease outbreaks. Monitoring would be easier if there is interoperability of public health records from one country to another. An integrated health information technology will allow partner organizations and countries to share their knowledge database and keep up with the health standards needed to contain and prevent the disease. To ensure the public health of Liberians is to ensure the public health of Americans and people all over the world.