Take a Moment: Ebola Outbreak

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“Take a Moment” is a special blog post that focuses on current worldwide issues that we tend to neglect. Acknowledging these issues by including them in our prayers and showing compassion through certain ways possible.

Ebola patient in critical condition.

Ebola patient in critical condition.

The Ebola Virus Disease also known as EVD (EHF) causes serious illness and even fatality after its first major outbreak in West Africa, 1976. ย The contagious disease has caused deaths recently in March 2014, spreading across land borders. Continuous research trials has been carried out to find a vaccine to contain the disease. The fast-tracked pace of the trial has been dictated by the alarming spread of this deadly virus, which has killed more than 3800 people.

Thomas Eric Duncan, first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S deceased after a week in an isolation ward with critical condition.

Thomas Eric Duncan, first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S deceased after a week in an isolation ward with critical condition.

Compassion in Action

The first Ebola patient diagnosed was exposed to the disease while trying to help an infected pregnant woman to a hospital in Liberia, where she was turned away due to lack of space. He then helped her get home and carried her into the house where she passed away. Despite knowing the fact that it was a dangerous disease, he risked his life for a noble deed.

“His suffering is over,” his partner Louise Troh said in a statement. “My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God. Our deepest sympathies go out to his father and family in Liberia and here in America. Eric was a wonderful man who showed compassion toward all.”

His compassion touched many people who are still mourning his loss and inspired many more to help the helpless. Every act of kindness counts just as every drop in the ocean.

An act of compassion doesn’t have to be giving up our life for others. Even holding a door for the person behind you or smiling at a stranger (well not in a creepy kind of way- but you know what i mean!). I can assure you ย the Joy in helping others, is indescribable! Just like a rush of adrenaline. Not convinced? Try it out yourself!

I DARE YOU TO COMPLETE AT LEAST ONE OF THESE ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

  1. Take a MomentVisit someone lonely/ill and console them.
  2. Offer a hug to someone crying.
  3. Cheer up someone angry.
  4. Offer your seat to an elderly.
  5. Offer a streetwalker a ride.
  6. Tip a waiter generously.
  7. Give a person you dislike a compliment.
  8. Buy lunch for a homeless person.

Without compassion, humanity ceases to exist.

Stop being and start acting! x

-S

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4 thoughts on “Take a Moment: Ebola Outbreak

  1. Unfortunately, there are probably double that number who have contacted eBola. People of the villages are afraid of the health workers, believing they are trying to poison them, so do not go for treatment. In order to reach them in a positive way, it seems that help should be explained to the tribal leaders, preferably with pictures, so they will understand and then encourage the villagers to seek help. AIDS was the last plague we faced. Let us pray that a cure will be soon found for this latest pestilence.

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