In the battle against Ebola, a struggle for hearts and minds

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Two nurses with Ebola patient #3, 1976. Photo courtesy CDC via Wikimedia Commons.

Two nurses with Ebola patient #3, 1976. Photo courtesy CDC via Wikimedia Commons.

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Battling Ebola is about more than just beating back a deadly virus that attacks the body. It's about persuading people that traditional religion and contemporary medicine aren't at odds.

  • Larry

    From what I have read, the medical treatment for Ebola isn’t much different than the traditional one. Isolate the patients from everyone else, and try to get the disease to run its course.

  • Rachel Marie Stone

    Supportive nursing care such as intravenous hydration is also part of the treatment that’s not really replicable by traditional healers, to say nothing of the fact that Ebola is transmitted via ALL body fluids including sweat, so if there aren’t latex gloves…bad news.

  • Larry

    Obviously I need to read more on the subject. 🙂

    I was going by the book The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, which I read in the late 90’s. Preston described how people in rural would be trapped in their homes to die of the disease and then their homes burned.

  • We also have to be aware that the CIA at least in a couple cases have posed as medical aid workers including in areas of Afganistan and Paskistan where polio has not been eliminated which when found out has contributed to mistrust of doctors especially from the west.

    That is certainly not something that I think is reasonable in most of Africa, but if there is one thing that is true, it is hard to disprove something in one area when it has happened in other areas.

  • ron

    With all the sick people following Jesus, no wonder they wanted him crucified. Walking where the trouble is seems to be more dangerous than it first appears.