Ebola seminar increases awareness at SCSU

During the Global Social Responsibility Conference, an Ebola awareness presentation was taking place on campus. Alfreda Daniels, the founder and CEO of Talent Emergence International, and Emmanuel Oppong, the President of Talent Emergence International, conducted the presentation.

The goal of the presentation was to bring awareness of the potential global pandemic happening in our country right now. Daniels and Oppong believe there are a lot of myths and speculations presently taking place with people believing everything they see in the media. They want to separate the facts from the myths and make people aware of what’s going on so people are not so scared and more aware.

“Ebola is not just happening in Africa, Africa is a continent not a country. There are countries within West Africa that are affected by the virus and countries that are not affected,” Daniels said.

Daniels and Oppong believe this is due to a lack of education, knowledge, and awareness. They addressed many issues regarding Ebola and how people are scared and confused on what is taking place recently in the media and online.

One myth is Ebola can be spread through the air and water. They make it clear that this is not the case at all. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the only way Ebola can be spread on to someone else is if the person is diagnosed with the virus and the person diagnosed is showing extreme symptoms and is terminally ill. Another was is if another person is in contact with the person terminally ill showing symptoms this could be a way to spread it. Symptoms include headache, stomach pain, vomiting, and fever to name a few.

“I can have Ebola right now and not show any symptoms, when I do start having the major symptoms, that’s when I can spread the virus to someone else,” Daniels said.

Daniels and Oppong went on to explain how the virus can be deadly when you’re in direct contact with bodily fluids such as, sweat, saliva, vomit, etc.

Also, another way the virus can spread from one person to another is being in direct contact with the affected dead body. Oppong explains how a lot of people were in denial or not aware of the consequences about Ebola and went along with their daily routines and ceremonies.

“When someone is sick in the family or dying, it is the family’s responsibility to take care of that sick or dying person. They have a ceremony to celebrate the body after they are dead. Imagine not being able to go to your own families’ funeral because of this virus,” Oppong informed.

The infected families have to change their traditional ways they have always known.

Moreover, they wanted to address the outrage taking place involving Thomas Eric Ducan knowingly bringing Ebola to the United States. They insured people this wasn’t the case. Daniels explains how it takes time to travel to a different country, you can’t just hop on a plane and go, he had his flight planned out already. He helped a sick pregnant woman who he had no idea she had Ebola.

More than anything they want people to be sympathetic for the families suffering from Ebola.

“Twenty people a day are dying from Ebola in Liberia,” Daniels said.

They want people to go beyond Fox News, CNN and self-educate themselves. Be kind and show empathy to families suffering.

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