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Ebola fight not over yet: MSF

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 01:17

Medecins Sans Frontieres says the Ebola epidemic could flare up again in West Africa and health authorities are no better equipped to control it than they were a year ago. Yiming Woo reports.

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Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres warns that the fight against Ebola isn't over. While the deadly virus is spreading more slowly than at its peak last year, there's been a recent spike in cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone. The president of the charity says health officials are still not fully equipped. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT OF MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERES, JOANNE LIU, SAYING: "The reality today, if we were to have Ebola to hit at the scale that it did in August and September, we would hardly do much better than we did last time around." This week, the Group of Seven nations promised to wipe out the epidemic that's killed more than 11,000 people across West Africa. However, the leaders offered little concrete action. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT OF MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERES, JOANNE LIU, SAYING: "It's not over until it's over. I'm very concerned about the fact that there's a general fatigue and waning of attention on Ebola, and that people are basically declaring victory before it's time. And that is really detrimental. We need to finish the job. To get to the finish line, we're going to probably need to double our effort; otherwise we will never get there." The World Health Organisation didn't declare an international public health emergency until August last year, eight months after the first Ebola case.

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Ebola fight not over yet: MSF

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 01:17