Time Magazine has named a number of Ebola fighters as some of the most influential people of 2014 in an effort to recognize a team of researchers ,doctors, nurses, and volunteers who have taken it upon themselves to combat this most-dreaded virus during its 2014 outbreak in West Africa.
According to Time, the magazine will release five covers: Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, Dr. Jerry Brown, Nurse Aide Salome Karwah, Doctors without Borders volunteer Ella Watson-Stryker and ambulance team supervisor Foday Galla. Dr. Kent Brantly, an Ebola survivor himself was internationally known for the selfless manner in which he treated patients in West Africa without fearing for the loss of him own life and has thereafter donated his blood to several other Ebola patients after he was cured from the disease. The five individuals recognized by Time will represent all those who have dedicated their time and effort in 2014 to the treatment and cure of Ebola.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported earlier this week that the cumulative number of Ebola cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone totaled 17,800, including 7,719 in Liberia and 7,798 in Sierra Leone with over 6,100 deaths out of the total cases treated.
As reported by Time, Managing Editor of Time, Nancy Gibbs wrote Wednesday. “The rest of the world can sleep at night because a group of men and women are willing to stand and fight.” “For tireless acts of courage and mercy, for buying the world time to boost its defenses, for risking, for persisting, for sacrificing and saving, the Ebola fighters are TIME’s 2014 Person of the Year,” Gibbs wrote.
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