WHO: Five Strategic Policies can Stop Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

WHO: Five Strategic Policies can Stop Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), five strategic policies have great potential to help West Africa eradicate Ebola outbreak. An emergency conference was organized by the WHO, in which 11 regional health ministers in Accra agreed to implement the five-point strategy.

As per revised figures of the WHO, a revised death toll has gone slightly higher to over 450 out of nearly 800 infections. The WHO has warned Mali, Ivory Coast, and Guinea Bissau to keep their preparation ready as infected people are highly likely to reach there.

Ebola outbreaks have happened before as well and there is a way to stop them. The challenge is undoubtedly bigger this time because of the presence of the disease in three countries now and its several small scattered outbreaks. However, the basic principle to cope with them is the same. If the five important measures are implemented without any further delay, then the outbreak of the Ebola will be permanently stopped, claimed the WHO.

The five key points in question are improved tracking and identification of the virus, cross-border co-operation, dialogue between local communities, co-operation between the WHO and its other partners, and a sub-regional checking centre to be set up in Guinea.

Due to problems in tackling the virus in the impoverished countries, it has become very difficult to detect many cases of Ebola there, said grassroots doctors in The Lancet on Saturday. Sierra Leona is one of the best examples for that.

"Many cases meeting the case definition for suspected Ebola might be going undetected and unreported because ill people and their families are opting for self-treatment with over-the-counter drugs or traditional medicine", said a letter published by the journal.

The chronic lack of doctors is exacerbating the situation in Sierra Leone, which is one of the poorest countries in the world.


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