Poor Health Systems Hampers Ebola Eradication, says UN Envoy

Ebola eradication effort hampered by weak health systems, says UN envoy
By Judith Ugwumadu | 3 March 2015


Weak public health infrastructure and capacity is making it difficult to eradicate Ebola, the United Nations’ special envoy for Ebola has told Public Finance International.

David Nabarro, the United Nation’s special envoy for Ebola_DFID Flickr
David Naborro said there were still 100 hundred new Ebola cases emerging each week, despite total numbers reducing almost tenfold in the last four months.

He said that it was ‘difficult to reduce that hundred to zero’, but the UN’s emphasis right now was to put the right number of people in place to establish an effective system to identify all cases and reduce the number of incidents reported.

‘What we are doing is working flat out for elimination,’ Nabarro told PFi.

‘The last phase of elimination is always the toughest part because you have to really comb through communities to try and find people with disease and to follow them up.’

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