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Ebola/Health Status Non-Disclosure and its Implications

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The current Ebola cases in the United States shows what a disaster this could be to the global populace where an individual is aware of his /her Ebola status and wishes not to disclose it to the appropriate health authorities.
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Ebola Virus infection and its quick spread has been in the news for the past months with thousands of deaths being reported as well as some thousands death tolls with the current estimate of one million (1,000,000) persons to be infected by January 2015 if not checked.


Nurses Round looks at the role of non-disclosure of Ebola Status and Health status of individuals in general. The current Ebola cases in the United States shows what a disaster this could be to the global populace where an individual is aware of his /her Ebola status and wishes not to disclose it to the appropriate health authorities.

However, this is not only about Ebola victims, as most Health care professionals who we came in contact with and seek their personal opinions said they will not disclose their health status especially where the signs are related to that of Ebola virus infection. One of them told us how he had a very high fever during the time of Ebola in Nigeria and treated herself because of the fear she may be incorrectly isolated  or diagnosed and stigmatized. siting she did not trust what reactions she will get even from her professional colleagues Raising the question : What if it was Ebola?.... The first Ebola case in Nigeria was as a result of non-disclosure of the Ebola infection to the appropriate health authorities which took many strains of chain reaction till date in Nigeria.

Could awareness to curb non-disclosure of Ebola Status and or Health Status be key to fighting Ebola? I think it could be. African Health Care practitioners are well known for not detailing or informing the patients about the possible outcome of their ailment, which is vied as a very vital aspect of care in the developed world (Patients Bill of rights).

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Year published: 
2014