U.N. Concerned Over Ebola Backlash
Anthony Banbury, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), visits a safe burial site for Ebola victims in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Credit: UN Photo/Ari GaitanisBy Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 2014 (IPS)The United Nations, which is working on an emergency footing to battle the outbreak of Ebola, is worried about the potential for further isolation of the hardest-hit nations in West Africa.“It’s a psychological fear,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told IPS. “And there has been a chain reaction.”He cautioned there should be no action which is not based on science or medical evidence.Ban said the fight against Ebola is a “top priority” of the United Nations and admitted he was conscious of the fact the disease has had a “heavy impact on all spectrum of our lives.”The secretary-general’s warning resonated in North Africa last week when Morocco postponed hosting the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations because of its own fears over the possible spread of the Ebola virus.Morocco’s Sports Minister Mohamed Ouzzine was quoted as saying: “This decision is motivated mainly by the medical risks that this virus would put on the health of our fellow Africans.”The New York Times said “fear of the spread of Ebola has now thrown Africa’s most important soccer tournament into disarray.”As a result, the Confederation of African Football...
The leading Ebola expert at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday he believed an outbreak in Congo can be brought under control quickly and that the high rate of new cases is due largely to improved detection.Reuters Health Information
The following post can also be found in the October 2018 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics. by Ariadne Nichol and David Magnus, Ph.D. In light of the continuing threat of emerging infectious diseases, as exemplified by the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we must carefully consider the ethical implications of different public health approaches. Seeking to find new innovative, ethical approaches to addressing the issue of emerging infectious diseases might not be the best strategy.…
A fresh round of deadly violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu province -- the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak -- continues to hamper efforts to stamp out the disease.
Deadly rebel attack at center of Ebola outbreak stalls virus-containment efforts
Deadly rebel attack in center of Ebola outbreak forces virus containment efforts to stop again
The violence threatened to again force the suspension of health workers ’ efforts to contain the virus, which may have killed more than 150 people since August.
Congo rebels kill 15, abduct a dozen children in community at center of deadly Ebola outbreak
Congo rebels kill 13, abduct a dozen children in community at center of deadly Ebola outbreak
'Dark day' as Congolese rebels kill 2 health agents fighting deadly Ebola outbreak
Authors: Afolabi MOS, Afolabi IO PMID: 30339080 [PubMed - in process]
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