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MSF Urges Adaptation To Changing Ebola Pattern
MONROVIA, November 10 (LINA) - The international charity, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), has disclosed that new hotspots continue to emerge across Liberia, though the number of new Ebola cases has declined in recent weeks.
“The international aid response must rapidly adapt to this new phase of the epidemic in Liberia, or it risks undermining the progress made against Ebola,” MSF or ‘Doctors without Borders’ said here Monday.
In a press release, MSF observed that unlike in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone where cases are on the rise, MSF teams in Liberia are witnessing a decline in the number of Ebola patients admitted to Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) for the first time since the epidemic started in March.
The charity explained that at present, its 250-bed ETU in Monrovia ELWA3 is treating around 50 patients while in Foya, Lofa County, once the epicenter of the disease, the number of patients reached zero on 30 October, with no confirmed cases since that date.
“In Liberia, the international response is finally getting off the ground. Financial support is starting to flow into the country and huge resources are being put into constructing large-scale Ebola isolation centers,” says Fasil Tezera, MSF head of operations in Liberia.
The MSF said agile and well-equipped rapid response teams should be deployed quickly to actively investigate hotspots wherever they occur and mount a comprehensive response.
“This includes isolating patients, tracing people who have been in contact with the sick, organizing safe burials, carrying out disinfection of contaminated areas, and mobilizing local communities,” MSF said in the statement.