Coercion could worsen Ebola epidemic, say experts…(What They Want!!)

Thursday, September 18, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Olivier Thibault
Yahoo.com
Sept. 18, 2014

Paris (AFP) – Coercive measures to stem the deadly Ebola epidemic in West Africa, such as confining people to their homes, could backfire badly, experts say.

The Sierra Leone government has told the entire population of six million to stay at home, except for essential business, for 72 hours from Friday.

The plan, unveiled on September 10, aims to break the chain of transmission.

It will ostensibly see 20,000 volunteers going door-to-door to remove bodies from homes, and bringing people who are ill to treatment facilities.

Isolation centres, including schools equipped with beds, will be set up, according to the Ebola Emergency Operation Centre in Freetown, the capital. It expects a rise of five to 20 percent in detected cases from the operation.

But experts said the ambitious scheme, planned by one of the world’s poorest countries, would be extremely hard to implement effectively — and if handled badly could only make things worse.
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Jean-Herve Bradol, a former MSF director and emergency physician with experience of working in Africa, said the goal “seems highly unrealistic.”

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