Talk to Me

By Dr. Lena Wong

He came from jail. He had been arrested a few days ago and started hallucinating. Alcohol withdrawal. A not uncommon sight in the hospitals of the Navajo Nation, he was taken to the ICU when the standard medications couldn’t control the shakes, the delirium. I met him the next morning, restrained to the bed, for his own safety. I greeted him and he gave some short answers, still with some tremors. I asked him why he was there and he said he thought it was because of his diabetes. I told him about the withdrawal and he just looked down. He didn’t have much else to say; I went to see my other patients. (more…)

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Liberia Is Ebola Free. We Can Do More.

On May 9, 2015 the World Health Organization declared Liberia free of Ebola. However, the work of building a robust health system that will prevent future outbreaks goes on.

The end of Ebola in Liberia can be seen in the everyday occurrences we once took for granted. It can be seen in the resurrection of the Liberian handshake — a traditional clasp of the hands, punctuated by a shared snap of the fingers — a greeting that originated as a celebration of freedom from slavery. It can be seen in school children dressed in their uniforms, holding hands as they walk to classes that are once again safe to attend. It can be seen in people dancing to the vibrant, rhythmic West African music that spills out from clubs, cars and cellphones. (more…)

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