U.S. Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Samantha Power
US Envoy Signals Gaps In Healthcare Delivery
MONROVIA, November 3 (LINA) -The plight of three West African countries affected by Ebola has shown the alarming gaps in the collective response from the industrial economies considering the vast damage Ebola continues to cause, a top U.S. diplomat has said.
U.S. Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Samantha Power noted that prior to the Ebola outbreak Liberia had about 50 doctors for the entire country of 4.3 million people.
“That’s around one doctor for every 100,000 people. Sierra Leone had two doctors for every 100,000 people,” Power told the German Marshall Fund on the International Response to the Ebola Crisis in Brussels recently.
“The United Kingdom, by contrast, has 279 doctors per 100,000 people. France has 318. Germany: 380. The hospital where the American doctor infected with Ebola is being treated in New York has 1,200 physicians on staff – more than 24 times the number of doctors in all of pre-Ebola Liberia,” Power indicated.
The US envoy pointed out that “these numbers tell us why we are much more prepared to prevent outbreaks in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, and so many other countries.”
She said the numbers also underscore why it is so important that the volunteer health care workers “brave and unselfish enough to serve in West Africa be encouraged to go and be shown respect upon return.”
Power revealed that in a matter of months, Ebola has reversed years of hard-earned development progress in the affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
She said a new World Bank report concludes that if the response continues apace, the three countries will top some US$359 million just by the end of this year and the effects of the isolation the countries are now facing could take years to