Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ebola Deaths Rise to 4,555

Image credit: Marcos DiPaola

Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images
A total of 9,216 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in the seven affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) up to the end of October 14, 2014. There have been 4,555 deaths.
Yesterday, British Army medics arrived in Sierra Leone as part of the international response to tackle the spread of Ebola. A team of 91, including nurses, doctors and infectious disease consultants, will join 40 soldiers already in the west African country to work at a UK-supported treatment centre, which has 12 of its 92 beds set aside for healthcare workers who risk infection while treating others.
Their arrival came ahead of the departure today of Royal Navy ship RFA Argus, which is due to reach the epidemic area by the end of the month with a further 225 military personnel from a total planned deployment of 750.
Meanwhile, the US of A is building 17 Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) across Liberia, a task that should be completed by the end of the year according to Ben Hemingway, the team leader for aid agency USAID's Disaster Assistance Response in Liberia. Six such units are already up and running, he said.
Adding to the “Allah” debate, Indonesian scholar Dr Ulil Abshar Abdalla had adjudged that Muslims who believe the word is exclusive to Islam are “confused” and noted the Arabic term predates Islam. The “Allah” word was/is a general term to refer to God.
This only confirms that we have a confused government, a confused PM and a confused Muslim population in the country.

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