Ebola Disease ‘Not Yet Beaten’ as UNDP Chief Calls for VigilanceEmily Bowers
The worst-ever outbreak of Ebola isn’t over in West Africa and efforts must continue to eradicate the disease, United Nations Development Chief Helen Clark said.
“All efforts at all levels of society must continue until the last case has been treated,” she said in an e-mailed statement Saturday at the end of a visit to Guinea.
About 9,000 people have died since the disease was first reported in the region in December 2013, prompting the UN to coordinate the international response and drug makers to quicken trials for a vaccine. While the spread slowed earlier this year, Guinea reported 65 confirmed cases in the week to Feb. 8, compared with 39 in the prior seven days, according to the World Health Organization.
“The health system will need considerable strengthening to provide basic services and respond more quickly and effectively to any future outbreaks,” Clark said. She will travel to Liberia on Saturday, where three confirmed cases were reported to Feb. 8. Next week, Clark will visit Sierra Leone, which had 76 cases in the seven days ending Feb. 8 from 80 in the previous week.