Ebola – How to Prevent the Deadly Disease from Entering Into India

It could amount to the biggest epidemic of the world, if Ebola made its entry into India and if we ignored or became callous about it. As a country with rudimentary health infrastructure, a large poor population, outbursts of slums around almost every big city, and poor sanitation facilities, we sit on a pandemonium if even a single case of Ebola is tested positive in India.

What is Ebola and how does it spread?

Ebola Virus: Symptoms, Treatment, and PreventionEbola is a deadly virus which attacks the immunology of the human body by attacking the inner lining of the blood vessels and spreading the virus to all the vital organs of the body resulting in the death of the patient, if not treated in time. It has its origins in Central Africa but the three countries of West Africa that are bearing the worst brunt of it now are Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

It spreads by the mucous of the body primarily through sweat, saliva, semen, urine, and wet clothing.

How serious is the Threat of Ebola to the world?

According to the World health Organization it sees Ebola to cause major catastrophes to human lives if not controlled with strong measures world over. Although at present it is only parts of Africa that are the reservoirs of Ebola but this could be spread at an alarming state if ignored by the other nations.

So far approximately 9000 cases of Ebola have been reported of which more than 50% have been fatal. The WHO warns that by the first week of December 2014 it expects 5000 to 10000 new cases of Ebola to be reported every week. This could be dangerous to the human society.

What steps the Government is taking towards preventing Ebola from entering into India?

India is a country of 1.2 billion people. To control any kind of disease here is a herculean task and controlling a dangerous viral like Ebola here could derive the health workers and the government authorities to sleepless nights.

However, there are certain measures the Indian Government has taken to fight Ebola into entering India.

  • The Government has placed screening protocols at International airports
  • It has established 24 hours Ebola help lines staffed by doctors
  • There is an authorization of 10 new Ebola testing labs
  • It has designated hospitals in major cities as Ebola management centers and formed rapid response team in every state
  • The state teams are being trained by the WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will disseminate their training to local first responders.

What is needed to spread the disease from spreading and stopping?

Even though concrete steps are being taken by the Government to control Ebola but this may not be enough. Certain measures are needed further to control the disease;

  • More diagnostic labs are needed for such a huge population like India
  • Private hospitals along with Government hospitals should also come forward in becoming centers for controlling Ebola
  • There should be a surplus supply of gloves, masks, goggles and other preventive equipment to guard against Ebola
  • People should be informed about the symptoms and control of the disease
  • There appear to be several anti viral drugs that appear to be active against Ebola and transfusions from Ebola survivors’ who have fully recovered
  • The Government of India should work with the manufacturers of these anti bodies who have helped in curing the Ebola victims

A deadly disease like Ebola should be prevented from spreading and for a country like India we have to be on our toes to guard it to save precious human lives.

GPC Medical Limited in its drive for better health for the citizens of India supports the initiative taken by the Government to guard against Ebola from entering into India. It also urges the people to be cautious against any of the symptoms of Ebola and to take preventive measures at the first instance.

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Why it is important to lose weight

Being overweight, undoubtedly can be very harmful to your overall health and becomes the primary cause of many of your health problems. Not only does it cause physical health problems it also leads to various inhibitions while attending social circles and people taking upon you at your work place. It can be demoralizing at times and also makes one sensitive while going for family gatherings.

It is an open secret that obese people are more likely to suffer from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. It also accentuates arthritis, back aches and other physical complications. Losing weight is often recommended for almost all your aliments including people suffering from infertility to high cholesterol. Each one of us being aware of the importance of having a fit and healthy body needs to work towards it systematically. Weight loss should be about 1or 2 pounds per week for a period of six months.

How to start the process of losing weight?

It is almost a mantra for every doctor you visit to get advised to maintain your weight for a more healthy living. Almost all of us know this even before we visit the doctor but how to take that first step becomes the million dollar question. Before we talk about the tips for losing weight it is important to remember that losing weight is not an impossible task. All you need is a strong mantle make up and the belief that you can do it. Have patience and wait for the results without being in a hurry. A gradual cutting of weight is more ideal than the sudden loss of weight.

  • Begin your day with drinking warm water preferably with honey and lemon. It gives the perfect start for a healthy go.
  • Wake up at least half an hour before your routine time to pamper your body with either a walk or yoga or the gym whichever you feel comfortable with. This will give your body the loosening it needs for a more active day.
  • Cut down on your calorie intake for all your meals. Substitute idli for a paratha and an apple for a fried snack.
  • Making interesting soups and salads with fewer calories helps you make your food inviting and more filling without the extra calories.
  • If you have a sweet tooth, gradually cut down on the intake of the quantity of the sweet consumed.
  • When in parties or dinners make your fillings with salads and fruits.
  • Always be positive about getting to your goal and hitting the scale where you wish to.

Losing weight is more about will power and staying consistent in your food habits and physical exercise. Considering the kind of benefits losing weight can give to your general health being it is worth the sacrifice you make.

Once you have lost the weight it is important to maintain the weight or else it is likely to come back very soon.

If you have any hormonal disorders that are paving an obstruction to your losing weight, consult your doctor and go as per advised. The most important thing to remember while trying to lose weight is to change your food habits but keep your body energized with healthy food. Do not starve yourself and remain physically active.

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The Epidemic of Ebola

The ensanguined Ebola creates a scare amongst the West African countries which are living under the threat of an envenom epidemic of Ebola. This killer disease sits on a volcanic outburst, if serious measures are not taken by the western world to sabotage it in Africa itself, before the contagious viral spreads its wings to the other countries. The world’s “disastrously inadequate response” to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak means many people are dying needlessly, the head of World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said. There is a disastrous catastrophe waiting to be engulfed if immediate measures on a large scale are not taken to control this ensuing viral. The painful images of the victims of Ebola are heart rendering and reveals the sad story of the cruelty of nature to human kind.

Ebola Virus: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention What is Ebola?

The term Ebola comes from the river Ebola in Congo in Central Africa, where the viral was first identified in 1976. As this virus enters the human or the animal body its mechanisms first disarm the immune response of the body and then dismantle the vascular system. The virus spreads so quickly in the body and nullifies the primary immune cells so fast that the body gives up and succumbs to the fatal infection. The death of the patient comes from the damage to the blood cells that lead to a drop in blood pressure, and patients die from shock and multiple organ failure.

What are the symptoms of Ebola?

The symptoms of Ebola that can start from two days to three weeks after contracting the virus are

  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rashes on the body
  • Decreased functioning of the liver and kidney
  • Bleeding from both within the body and externally

Who are the carriers of Ebola?

It spreads to the people by contact with the skin of humans who are already infected by this virus. Infected animals like a monkey, chimp, or a fruit bat are also carriers of this virus. Those who care for the sick person or bury someone who was infected from the disease also often gets it. Touching contaminated needles or surfaces can also spread this virus into your body.

What are the preventive measures to control Ebola?

  • Avoid contacts with Ebola patients and their bodily fluids
  • Do not touch anything which can have human sweat like shared towels which could have become contaminated in a public place
  • Carriers should wear gloves and protective equipment, such as masks, and wash their hands regularly
  • The WHO also warns against consuming raw bush meat and any contact with infected bats or monkeys and apes. Fruit bats in particular are a very potent carrier of the virus Ebola
  • Avoid shaking hands or kissing an Ebola carrier
  • The men can transfer this virus through their semen for up to seven weeks even after recovering from Ebola so people in Africa are advised not to have sex.

What role can the world play to restrict its spread?  

Although, the spread of Ebola so far has been restricted to West Africa, the world needs to recognize the fragility of the situation.

The places that have been found to have patients suffering from Ebola should be supplied with protective masks, gloves, goggles, and sanitizers to control the spread of the disease. Effective measures should be given to the infected nations for complete equipment sterilization and routine use of disinfectant

The scientists all over the world should accelerate their research to counterfeit Ebola virus and come out with a quick solution to fight the deadly virus.

It is just not a disease spread in pockets of Africa but a virus that can become an epidemic and engulf the whole world if not controlled with rigid measures.

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