Ebola outbreak: call to send in military to West Africa to help curb epidemic…(That’s It! Infect The Military Too!)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
By Paul Martin

Head of Médecins sans Frontières urges UN to dispatch disaster response teams as cases and deaths continue to surge

Sarah Boseley
The Guardian
Tuesday 2 September 2014

Military teams should be sent to West Africa immediately if there is to be any hope of controlling the Ebola epidemic, doctors on the frontline told the United Nations on Tuesday, painting a stark picture of health workers dying, patients left without care and infectious bodies lying on the streets.

The international president of Médecins sans Frontières, Dr Joanne Liu, told member states that although alarm bells had been ringing for six months, the response had been too little, too late and no amount of vaccinations and new drugs would be able to prevent the escalating humanitarian disaster.

“In West Africa, cases and deaths continue to surge,” she said. “Riots are breaking out. Isolation centres are overwhelmed. Health workers on the frontline are becoming infected and are dying in shocking numbers.

“Others have fled in fear, leaving people without care for even the most common illnesses. Entire health systems have crumbled.”

She said Ebola treatment centres had been reduced to places where people went to die alone.

“It is impossible to keep up with the sheer number of infected people pouring into facilities. In Sierra Leone, infectious bodies are rotting in the streets,” she said. “Rather than building new Ebola care centres in Liberia, we are forced to build crematoria.”

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