The children at the Center are being protected from this outbreak to the best of our ability. We keep them constantly at the Center, without going out. But the staff are more at risk, because we do leave our homes, daily, to come to work. Before coming into the Center, we wash our hands with water, chlorine and soap, which we have at the entrance gate. This is a must for all who enter.
Since I am a Registered Nurse, I've also been affected personally. This outbreak is a war against healthcare personnel, and one must be very careful to take protective measures. Here at the Center, we don't have protective gear, like gloves, masks, gun thermometers, etc. There is a psychological toll as we watch our doctors and nurses become victims of Ebola. Recently, my friend, who is a nurse from the health facility where I used to work, died of Ebola, leaving her 4-month-old baby girl and a 4-year-old daughter. My movements are restricted, as there are places I used to visit which are now hot-spots of Ebola, and should be avoided. Healthcare colleagues have been quarantined. Since we treat patients and work in hospitals, we are being stigmatized, because people believe that we will spread the disease. It is devastating and heartbreaking to see families, friends, and loved ones become victims of this horrible plague. It takes the grace of God to work under such conditions, when everyone's life is in danger.
But I am grateful to God, that in the midst of these challenges with Ebola in Sierra Leone, the children and staff at the All As One Children's Center are in good health, free from Ebola. My prayer is that God will continue to protect us, and deliver our beloved nation from this deadly plague of Ebola.