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Ebola Outbreak Overwhelms Liberia’s Health Facilities, Workers

News outlets report on Liberia’s efforts to treat Ebola patients, as health facilities and workers are overwhelmed by the number of infected people.

Deutsche Welle: Liberia’s forgotten diseases
“…Liberians are not only afraid of contracting Ebola, they are also scared of being wrongly diagnosed when they may in fact be suffering from more easily treatable illnesses, such as malaria or diarrhea. HIV-positive people say they are being denied the treatment they need…” (Kanubah, 9/16).

IRIN: Turning away the Ebola dying
“A U.S. announcement on 16 September to send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak in Liberia was welcomed with relief by health workers, who are losing the battle to contain the disease…” (9/17).

Reuters: Liberia must wait weeks or months for new Ebola centers: WHO
“The Ebola response in Liberia, the country worst hit by the outbreak, will focus on community-level care units since new bed spaces are unlikely to be ready for weeks or months, World Health Organization Assistant Director-General Bruce Aylward said on Tuesday…” (Miles, 9/16).

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