Water Vs Ebola by Brady D Bunte
As researchers and the entire global community works around the clock for some form of medication that will bring the Ebola scare at bay, Brady D Bunte is reading about and the power of rehydration therapy and sharing his findings with others. Read on for details about drinking water to a possible cure for Ebola.
A brief overview of the Ebola scare
Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Uganda, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are some of the African nations that have had a taste of this deadly disease. In the recent times however, Brady D Bunte mentions that this viral infection has taken root in West Africa. In particular, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Mali have had a real hardship in combating Ebola. Nigeria is on record for managing to tone down the impacts of Ebola considerably till the WHO declared it Ebola free in the recent months.
According to Brady D Bunte, a Liberian American, Patrick Sawyer introduced Ebola to Nigeria. As a result, 5 health workers plus Sawyer perished from the infectious disease. 12 people however, survived the attack according to Nigeria’s Health Ministry.
This content reveals some of the lessons learnt from the management of Ebola in Nigeria. Brady Bunte has detailed most of it from true sentiments of survivors.
So what about the water drinking therapy?
Thought Ebola drugs and vaccines are just a few months away, finding a present solution in the noblest thing to do to bring down related fatalities. According to Ebola survivors, a minimum of 4 liters of rehydrating solutions daily is the thin line between life and death. It should however be noted that thus massive water uptake is normally a big challenge for Ebola victims. Simon Mardel is a health advisor to the World Health Organization. He particularly advises on the ground situation in Sierra Leone. Mardel mentions that Ebola victims get really crispy dry very fast.
According to recent publications in the New England Journal of Medicine, aggressive fluid replacement therapy was deemed very critical in saving the lives of 2 American health care workers who contracted Ebola. Brady D Bunte brings to light another Nigerian doctor who survived the scourge; Ada Igonoh. She contracted the disease while working at First Consultant Hospital in Lagos. She attributes her luck to the massive uptake of the oral rehydration salts well before here Ebola diagnosis.
According to medical experts, Ebola fatalities can be reduced remarkably if the patients take enough fluids and have the right painkillers. Paracetamol is the best compared to most other painkillers because it has a way of minimizing rates of bleeding in the victim.
How exactly does the rehydration therapy work?
Depending on the stage of the disease, an appropriate technique should be adopted if the patient is to be rehydrated accordingly. Most Ebola patients tend to seek medical attention after 5 days particularly in Guinea and Liberia. Brady D Bunte mentions that for the first 10 days of illness, the patient requires 40 liters of fluid. Anything lower than this is a potential recipe for death. According to the WHO, a fluid deficit and a profound electrolyte derangement also slims chances of survival for the victim. According to Simon Mardel, the oral rehydration is very critical in maintaining an appropriate electrolyte balance in the body.
Alternative rehydration methods
Brady D Bunte mentions that the WHO recommends intravenous rehydration technique especially for patients who are at the tragedy state of not being able to drink or eat. The oral rehydration is best though, because it helps maintain a very delicate fluid-ionic balance therein. The intravenous rehydration have very minimal supply of potassium, calcium or magnesium. This is according to research works by doctors in Emory University Hospital.
The best way to save patients with recurring nausea, debilitating joint pains and large volumes of diarrhea is to administer a combination of oral rehydration, drinking and intravenous rehydration.
What to learn about water drinking and Ebola treatment
Rehydration is the most important thing for any Ebola victim. It helps restore the large volumes of water lost from profuse sweating, relentless stooling and vomiting. Flavoring the rehydration content makes it more appealing to the victims. Additionally, the rehydration salt can be used in smaller proportions that are much easier for the stomach. A heightened concentration will inevitably stimulate nausea in the patient.
Hope and morale is very vital in the war against Ebola. Brady D Bunte mentions that survivors like Ada Igonoh did highlight morale and hope as being helpful in the fight.
So far, we have detailed crucial aspects on how drinking gallons of water helped save victims from the jaws of death. Brady Bunte insists that combining rehydration with the right medication and hope is certain to keep the scourge at bay.