Ebola spread beats world’s response

Monday, September 29, 2014
By Paul Martin

by Nicholas Kotch
BDLive.co.za
29 September 2014

SOUTH Africa is stepping up its contribution to the fight against Ebola but the war remains so one-sided that much more is needed from Africa as a whole — and very quickly — if the worst outbreak in history is to be brought under control.

SA-based Ebola experts say speed is of the essence now that the death toll has climbed above 3,000. “The needs are very great. There will always be a need for more,” said Dr Frew Benson, chief director of communicable diseases at the Department of Health, on Friday.

“Everyone must do more, including in Africa,” said Jens Pedersen of the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, who returned to his base in Johannesburg last week after a month-long stint in Monrovia.

“It’s quite clear the fatalities will move higher because we are still behind the curve. But it’s not inevitable it will spread to Côte d’Ivoire or other countries,” said Mr Pedersen on Saturday.

“The epidemic is certainly running faster than the response. We’ve never seen an outbreak of Ebola transform like this one,” said Steve Smith, the US health attache to SA.

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