The Ebola Fighters have been named TIME Magazine’s Person Of The Year 2014. The award goes to all the brave people all over the world that have worked tirelessly and selflessly in combating the deadly disease. “Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one,’ writes the editor of the influential magazine, Nancy Gibbs. And they are being recognised for their “tireless acts of courage and mercy.”
Explaining why the huge number of people were chosen as person of the year, the magazine’s editor, Nancy Gibbs said” “Ebola is a war and a warning. The global health system is nowhere close to strong enough to keep us safe from infectious disease, and ‘us’ means everyone, not just those in faraway places where this is one threat among many that claim lives every day. The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight.” Gibbs wrote.
According to the most recent data from the World Health Organization, about 6,000 people have lost their lives to the disease since its outbreak. Another 11,000 confirmed cases are being treated in the three most hit West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – while more than 6,000 people are suspected to have contracted the virus.
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While Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are the most hit, countries like Nigeria, the United States, the United Kingdom and Spain have had their own isolated cases. Some of the patients died while receiving treatment while the others survived.