Currently, there have been almost 25,000 cases of the Ebola virus worldwide, with the vast majority of cases developing in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Between one-third and one-half of all cases result in death, leaving the infected patients in grave danger.
Medical personnel serve tirelessly and service groups rally to provide supplies to the countries in direst need. There are several goods that can be donated to aid in the treatment of sick patients, from preventing disease spread to treating those already infected.
Supplies to Prevent Disease Spread
All medical personnel need to be heavily protected as they provide care to lower the risk of spreading infection to themselves, as well as other patients. These servants are usually putting their own health in danger to treat patients, so protecting themselves as thoroughly as possible is necessary for survival.There are several supplies that can help, such as:
- Hazmat Suits
- Plastic/rain boots
- Long-sleeved t-shirts
Since the Ebola virus is so contagious, medical doctors and nurses are also seeking several types of disposable coverings that can be thrown away, such as:
- Eye and Face Shields
- Surgical Caps
- Shoe Covers
All of the preceding articles will assist practitioners in controlling the spread of disease, lowering the total number infected, and decreasing their personal risk. There are several other supplies that are needed to fight the virus, including:
- Sanitizing wipes
- Disinfectant soap
- Chlorinated disinfectant
- Hand hygiene supplies and kits
- Non-contact thermometers
Miscellaneous Supplies Needed
Doctors are also looking for several other hygienic and medical supplies, such as:
- Oral rehydration salts
- Rehydration fluids
- Ready-to-use therapeutic foods
- Garbage bags
- Calcium hypochlorite 70
- Body bags for adults and children
This list of supplies is extensive and allows donors to contribute in ways that will cut down on the spread of the virus as well as treat those who are suffering. Areas with high transmission rates that are treating thousands of patients go through so many supplies that the need for donations is never-ending. In addition to medical supplies and protective wear, treatment centers also request some miscellaneous items.
- Printers and ink, clipboards, paper, and pens
- Coloring books, craft supplies, toys, and games
- Whiteboards and dry erase markers
- Buckets, tarps, tents, mops, generators, and wheelbarrows
- Mattresses, bed sheets, and kitchenware
- Phones, megaphones, cameras, and projectors
The need for all of these items is ongoing as the relief effort continues to progress. Countries around the world have united in the cause of assisting the people of West Africa and fighting the Ebola virus through nonprofit agencies and service groups. Donating items to charitable organizations makes the job of medical personnel possible as care continues to be given by healthcare professionals from across the globe.