“We salute you.You occupy a special place in our heart”, who risk their lives and sacrifice themselves for others should be honored. Editors of the Time Magazine did the same today by selecting the Ebola caregivers for the Time Magazin’s prestigious “Person of the Year” recognition. Care and selfless service is recognised once again.
Person of the Year is an annual issue of the Time magazine that features an idea, person, group or object that influenced the events of the year, positively or negatively. It started in 1927 with Charles Lindbergh being the first to be featured. In 2013, Pope Francis was recognized.
Other finalists for 2014 included Vladimir Putin, The Ferguson protestors, Taylor Swift, Jack Ma, Tim Cook, Roger Goodell and Masoud Barzani.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was earlier selected by readers as Time person of year , through online voting. He received more than 16% of nearly five million votes casted.
Ebola virus disease or Ebola, is a disease caused by Ebola viruses. The symptoms start to appear between two days and three weeks after affected by the virus. The virus spread through direct contact with blood or other body fluids of the affected. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, headaches and muscle pain. It is followed by vomiting, diarrhea and rash. Normal functioning of liver and kidney are then affected. This is followed by bleeding, both external and internal. The death rate is high and the death happens mainly because of low blood pressure. No specific vaccine or treatment exists as on date. In 1976, it was first identified in Sudan. The ongoing epidemic has widely affected Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in West Africa.
Anyone who treats an Ebola patient faces the risk of being affected. We may be proud of our technological developments and the health systems. Ebola proves that we are not strong enough to face the challenges offered by nature. At the same time Ebola caregivers prove that the purpose of life is serving others, even at the cost of own life. This is real courage. This is selfless service. We are proud of you.