New Approaches Needed To Respond To DRC Ebola Outbreak
Washington Post: Ebola is like a fire. It keeps burning.
“…So far, Ebola has not leapt over international boundaries, and teams of extremely brave health care and medical workers are trying to execute the tactic that has worked before: contain the virus inside a ring, interrupting transmission. This requires a skillful choreography: surveillance, case investigation, contact tracing, and vaccination. … But now the WHO has announced that the public health and medical responders are, in some cases, being forced to suspend work because of the militia attacks. … [T]he problem of mistrust of doctors in the community, as well as danger to them of violent attack, has led some medical personnel to essentially go undercover to carry out their lifesaving efforts. … Improving security is not a simple matter. Bringing armed forces into the region might further complicate the trust problem in communities. In the West Africa epidemic, authorities realized belatedly that forced quarantines created panic and were counterproductive. Trust cannot be coerced but must be won. New approaches are desperately needed…” (5/19).
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