Cardinal talks about psychological effect of Ebola quarantine and role of the church

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Catholic Church health experts met in Rome on Tuesday to discuss their response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa and also the contributions of health workers on the ground.
Doctor Klemens Ochel, of the Medical Mission Institute of Wurzburg, said the current outbreak has disrupted social relationships within communities in affected countries.
Ochel said that apart from dealing with physical symptoms of Ebola, patients should be given psychological treatment as well, in order to restore stability in societies torn by the current outbreak.
Father Aristelo Miranda of the Camillian Task Force described how in one village in West Africa that he recently visited, the residents were quarantined, which made them feel imprisoned.
Turkson also said the church was helping relatives understand that the traditional burial of Ebola victims, which often involves the relatives coming in close contact with the body, was not possible in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
The World Health Organisation says Ebola has killed some five-thousand people so far, mainly across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and, according to children’s charity UNICEF, four thousand children have been orphaned by the disease.

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