It’s about time an Aussie did something other than complain about Ebola on social media.
By Victoria Saule
An Australian doctor will join the international effort to tackle the ebola epidemic in West Africa tomorrow.
Dr Jenny Stedmon - the Clinical Director of Anaesthesia at Redlands Hospital in Brisbane – is a part of a team of Red Cross physician and nursing staff being sent to aid in areas of West Africa effected by Ebola.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months- Ebola is an infection spread via bodily fluids with no known cure.
Despite an American aid worker contracting the virus earlier this month, Stedmon said:
“Of course nothing is without risk, but I think on balance, the good that can be done is more important.”
Since it’s outbreak in March, the disease has infected 2,240 people and caused 1,229 deaths according to the latest statistics from the World Health Organisation who have recently labeled the epidemic vastly underestimated” by the international community.
“It is a preventable disease, it’s important to say that,” said Stedmon.
Countries most effected by Ebola - Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia – have experienced significant social unrest as a result of the disease.
Yesterday, police were forced to use live rounds to suppress protests and attacks against aid workers after the Liberian capital of Monrovia after a quarantine clinic was looted earlier in the week.
Unlike the UK, EU, USA and China, Australia has not yet pledged monetary assistance to help the fight against Ebola.