‘It Doesn’t Look Good’: World Health Body Fails to Meet Ebola Containment Goals

Monday, December 1, 2014
By Paul Martin

‘The most dangerous thing would be if people now think Ebola is over and become complacent,’ warns Ebola expert

by Lauren McCauley
Monday, December 01, 2014

The World Health Organization has failed to meet their December 1 goal for isolating and containing the deadly Ebola outbreak in many regions of West Africa, the United Nations reports.

The targets, set in early October, aimed to get 70 per cent of the Ebola cases isolated and treated and to have 70 percent of the deceased safely buried by December 1. Of the hardest hit nations— Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone —only Guinea is on track to meet the deadline, WHO Spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said in a press briefing last week.

“In Liberia, only 23 per cent of cases are isolated and 26 per cent of the needed burial teams are in place. In Sierra Leone, about 40 per cent of cases are isolated while 27 per cent of burial teams are operational,” the Associated Press reports.

WHO Emergency Ebola committee member Oyewale Tomori, of Redeemer’s University in Nigeria, said that in light of the failed goals, WHO now must “redouble our efforts to see what we can do to reduce the spread and catch up with the virus.”

“Right now, it doesn’t look good,” Tomori added.

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