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Liberia’s Health Systems, Civil Society Struggle With Ebola; Lead Doctor Under Quarantine

News outlets address various issues related to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

Associated Press: Ebola clinics fill up as Liberia awaits aid
“Doctors are in short supply. So are beds for patients. Six months after the Ebola outbreak emerged for the first time in an unprepared West Africa and eventually became the worst-ever outbreak, the gap between what has been sent by other countries and private groups and what is needed is huge…” (Larson/Cheng, 9/28).

Agence France-Presse: Liberia: Top doctor goes under Ebola quarantine
“Liberia’s chief medical officer is placing herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola…” (Paye-Layleh, 9/27).

Reuters: Liberia’s top doctor in quarantine after assistant dies of Ebola
“…Bernice Dahn is the latest senior West African medical official to be directly affected by an outbreak of Ebola, which has killed over 3,000 people as it spreads across most of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone…” (Giahyue/Lewis, 9/27).

Wall Street Journal: In Liberia, Ebola Takes a Heavy Toll on Civic Life
“The cartoon posters read: ‘Vote wisely to elect the Senator of your choice on Election Day October 14, 2014.’ Workers at Liberia’s National Elections Commission shoved them into a corner to clear space for 3,600 sacks of intravenous fluid that arrived this month. There will be no election come October in Liberia, just as a myriad of nation-building endeavors from college political debates to the girls’ kickball season are on pause here. … The outbreak has also taken a heavy toll on civic life in West Africa, particularly Liberia…” (Hinshaw, 9/26).

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