While health authorities ramp up the fight against Ebola in West Africa, people in Edmonton are doing what they can to make sure accurate information is getting to their relatives overseas.
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Kemoh Mansaray, a nurse from Sierra Leone, is educating people in the city in the hopes they will send correct information to their family members living in Ebola stricken countries.
The death toll of the Ebola outbreak has risen to 1,145, the World Health Organization said on Friday, with 76 new deaths reported in the two days before Aug. 13. The deaths have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
On Thursday, WHO said that official counts may still “vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak.”
Mansaray says people in Edmonton are sending crucial information to relatives in West Africa through the phone messaging application WhatsApp.
“Because what they are getting back there, even if it’s the correct information, they don’t trust even the government officials, even the medical officials,” he said.
Listen to Edmonton AM's Mark Connolly talk to Kemoh Mansaray about communicating with relatives in West Africa.
Mansaray says it’s especially important to educate people in Edmonton so there are no misconceptions about the deadly virus.
“What I am doing is talking to the people and telling them exactly what the Ebola virus is, how serious it is, that’s it’s real, so they in turn can talk to their people they send money to on a regular basis,” he said.
A fundraising barbecue for Ebola relief will be held at Capilano Park on Aug. 30 at 4 p.m.