WHO warns of thousands of new Ebola cases
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
|As soon as a new Ebola treatment facility is opened, it immediately fills to overflowing with patients
—World Health Organisation
Liberia is proving particularly vulnerable to the spread of the virus. Before the outbreak, the country had only one doctor for every 100,000 inhabitants, and a severe shortage of beds. The WHO stated that "as soon as a new Ebola treatment facility is opened, it immediately fills to overflowing with patients".
The UK military have said they will build a 50 bed centre near Sierra Leone's capital, with the US saying it would send a 25 bed field hospital. This falls short of the 1,000 beds an investigative team from WHO says is needed in Liberia's capital, , alone.
WHO says a three- to four-fold increase in the efforts of those combating the outbreak is needed.
The African Union also warned of the economic impact of the outbreak, urging a lifting of travel bans and border closures. WHO have previously warned that such travel restrictions increased the chance of food shortages. An agreement made yesterday is expected to lead to those restrictions imposed in the last few months being lifted.
- Stephanie Nebehay, Umaru Fofana. "Ebola spreads exponentially in Liberia, many more cases soon - WHO" — , September 9, 2014
- "Ebola crisis: Liberia 'faces huge surge' says WHO" — , September 8, 2014