(Letter to the editor)
News-Bulletin Jul 31, 2014
The West African nation of Ghana ― the first African nation to achieve independence from colonial rule in 1957 ― is in the news. Unfortunately, a United States citizen is being tested there for the 90 percent fatal Ebola virus.
Ghana may join the ranks of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the West African countries struggling with an Ebola outbreak, in the setting of inadequate health systems. Of the 1,201 people recently infected in West Africa ― including an American doctor ― 672 have already died.
Fortunately, at least one Ghanaian citizen is being trained in health right here in Valencia County. Mr. Nuhu Alhassan, who was featured in “Fulfilling a dream in Valencia County” in the News Bulletin, is being sponsored by Peralta resident Paul Sanchez to pursue a degree in nursing at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus.
Teresa Smith de Cherif, M. D.