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No Room For Mistake, Complacency In Ebola Fight
MONROVIA, March 24 (LINA) – A recent report by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says a significant challenge that remains ahead is not to declare an end to the Ebola outbreak until every single person in contact with someone infected with Ebola can be identified.
According to the report released March 23, MSF noted that “there is no room for mistakes or complacency; the number of cases weekly is still higher (in West Africa) than in any previous outbreak, and overall cases have not significantly declined since late January.
The report dubbed: Pushed To The Limit and beyond, details the effects of the months-long “global coalition of inaction,” during which the Ebola virus spread wildly, leading MSF to issue a rare call for the mobilization of international civilian and military medical assets with biohazard capacity.
By the end of August, MSF’s ELWA3 centre in Monrovia was overwhelmed with patients that staff were forced to turn away visibly ill people from the front gate, in the full knowledge that they would likely return to their communities and infect others.
It also describes MSF’s early warnings one year ago about cases of Ebola spreading in Guinea, the initial denial by governments of the affected countries, and the unprecedented steps that MSF was forced to take in the face of global inaction as the outbreak engulfed neighbouring states.
“Today we share our initial reflections and take a critical look at both MSF’s response and the wider global response to the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history,” says Dr Joanne Liu, MSF international president.