Reaching out to help victims of Ebola

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Ebola virus rapidly spreading across the globe is causing major concerns over how and when it will be stopped, and those concerns touch people living in New Haven.

The outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than the efforts to control the disease.

“It’s scary, the situation is scary,” Bishop Philip Blamo with the Holiness Church of Jesus Christ said. “In fact, the Peace Corps volunteers, they had to evacuate them in Liberia already.”

Bishop Blamo still has family in Liberia. He tells News 8 seven members of a family died within five days.

Bishop Philip Blamo.
Bishop Philip Blamo.

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Even as nations call for more help with what may be the worst ever Ebola outbreak in history, international humanitarian groups are pulling out. “Some other group of missionaries and doctors are leaving until they can contain the situation,” Blamo said.

Blamo and others with the congregation are trying to get help for the Liberian victims by raising awareness and gathering much needed supplies, including hand sanitizer, facial mask, gloves, alcohol.

“We are asking the community for donations whatever they can give that we can get supplies,” Pastor Victoria Edwards said. “Whatever they can give.” They are accepting donations at the church, located at 463 Greenwich Ave.

There is currently no vaccine available for Ebola, and testing for that vaccine isn’t expected until at least September.

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