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NDA trains 35 on Ebola education

AUGUST 29, 2014 By Samuel Ben Turay

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has trained 35 party supporters who will in turn educate members of the public on the prevention and transmission of Ebola in their various communities across the country.

An executive member of NDA, Amadu Justice Bah, said the party has trained the said party members to prepare and provide them with skills and tools to teach others in their respective communities as part of their responsibility as a political party in the fight against the disease.

The training, which took place last week in Freetown, brought together a number of NDA members from across the country, Bah told Concord Times in an exclusive interview yesterday.

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. EVD outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 90%. EVD outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. No licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.

Ebola first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks in Nzara, Sudan and Yambuku in the former Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals.

In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelopes and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.

Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.

Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola. Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to seven weeks after recovery from illness.