Inside an Ebola treatment clinic as doctors treat patients
Flix Friday, January 16, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | October 22, 2014 | 06:06 pm IST The toll from Ebola is said to be rising sharply, with over 4500 deaths having been reported in the west African nations of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The deadly disease has been a concern for countries across the world, with the major focus being on disease control and to produce a drug that can treat Ebola. A lot has also been reported about the challenges the medical staff faces in treating the growing number of patients struck by the disease, with several medical professionals also having contracted the disease eventually. A video titled Into The Ebola Epidemic's Ground Zero uploaded by Journeyman Pictures on YouTube gives viewers a glimpse into the grassroots levels where doctors try to treat patients with Ebola. The crew of the team weren't allowed to enter rooms where patients with Ebola were kept since it is a high risk area. One of the doctors agreed to carry a camera inside and 'film his work with the permission of his patients'. Several precautions are taken before coming in contact with the patients- masks, suits, gloves need to be worn every time one enters the contaminated area. The short video, which is trailer of a documentary, shows a doctor going inside a makeshift Ebola treatment clinic in Guinea- three patients- a boy, his mother and grandmother are lying down a cots, all very sick. "There isn't a drug to treat the virus. Some patients are cured by immune recovery, by an immune reaction, and at the same time by the treatments of symptoms that we give, which stabilise the imbalances brought about by the virus", Floribert Lomboto, MSF, Doctor, told Journeyman Pictures. It may be difficult to treat patients with other health complications, but those reporting the disease early are usually cured, he adds. The boy's mother and grandmother succumb to the disease, but the child will be cured, states the video.