WHO predicts there may soon be 10,000 new Ebola case every week
With schools shutting down, elections being postponed, and farmers abandoning their fields, it’s becoming clear that the deadly Ebola virus that’s rampaging across West Africa threatens to renew the political instability in a region that is only just now starting to recover from civil war, according to United Nations officials.
Anthony Banbury, the head of the new Ebola Emergency Response Mission, says that none of the 3 nations that are most heavily affected by the Ebola outbreak – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – are adequately prepared to deal with the virus. This statement comes shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that there may soon be as many as 10,000 new cases of Ebola every week.
According to current projections, there will only be 4,300 treatment beds available by December, and there won’t even be enough health workers to adequately maintain them. There are only 50 safe-burial teams currently working to dispose of the infected bodies, but more than 10 times that is required. Should the growth of the outbreak not be curbed, the 3 West African nations will easily be overwhelmed.
“We are fighting for people who are alive and healthy today, but will become infected by Ebola and die if we do not put in place the necessary emergency response,” Banbury said, speaking by a video communication link from Accra, Ghana, where the mission was established in late September.
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