DES MOINES, Iowa - Hundreds in hospitals throughout Africa are receiving treatment for the deadly Ebola virus but allegedly patients are not being provided food.
Liberia native, Walter Gwenigale, says a 14 - year - long civil war left the country with a broken heath care system, which does not give food to patients in hospitals. Gwenigale says family members deliver patients their food but have been unable to due to quarantine restrictions.
The virus spreads through bodily fluids such as vomit and diarrhea.
Saturday, about two dozen members from the Liberian community packaged thousands of meals at the "Outreach" Center. In September, the group shipped 300,000 meals to Liberian hospitals. They hope to do the same by the end of the next week.
"The goal here is to provide enough meals so that patients in Ebola treatment centers have meals delivered there, reduce the risk of cross - contamination, really try to save lives and meet nutritional needs, says Gwenigale. "It's one thing to lose lives because of Ebola but it’s another thing to lose lives because of Ebola and hunger."
The groups' goal is to deliver 1 - million meals by the end of the year. Each shipment cost 7,500 dollars however local church organizations have covered the fee.
Volunteer, Grace Beakoi, says it's a privilege to give back to her native country.
"It's hard to see any country go through tragedy but it's always nice to know you can lend a helping hand."
For more information on how you can get involved, visit the organizations website: www.outreachprogram.org.