Re “Ebola epidemic raging – where is our response?” (Page D1, Sept. 14): I would like to add some information that will help residents of the Western Hemisphere understand conditions and lack of infrastructure in rural villages in Africa. Villagers may live in areas with no running water, no flushing toilets, “squatty potties,” no toilet paper and no water to wash hands. Families take care of their ill without concepts of infection control, handling bodily fluids and without running water or bleach. And they care for the dead hands-on.
So trying to control the spread of Ebola is a daunting task; a public health nightmare, and add the fear. Looking at the photos accompanying the article, we see rubber gloves and boots drying in the sun. In the West we have disposable gloves, gowns and booties to use when caring for infected patients. They do not.
I don’t know how this will be solved at the village level. May God have mercy.
Bonnie Holtzclaw, retired RN, Hughson