Ebola, influenza, tuberculosis, meningitis and diarrhea have something in common. Although the viruses and bacteria are distinct, many of the behaviors that enable these contagious illnesses to spread are similar: close contact, uncovered coughing and sneezing, contact of bodily fluids, and inadequate hand-washing. Contagious diseases account for the most mortality in low-income countries, and tragically, most of it is preventable. How can knowledge and behavior make a difference?
I’m a registered nurse treating infectious diseases in Nairobi. I have training in hygiene protocol, wound care, and protocol for care of tuberculosis, influenza, diarrhea, meningitis and other communicable illnesses. I work alongside our country’s leading infectious disease doctors to treat high-risk cases and limit the contagion of infected patients to others in the hospital and the rest of the community.
Learn from empirical evidence, study and apply the lessons of our predecessors. Bacteria and infection can be more deadly than an army, but knowledge and preparation are our counter-force.