Public Trust Critical In Effective Ebola Outbreak Response, Officials Say

News outlets report on how public fear and mistrust of governments is fueling the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

IRIN: Mistrust of government spurs Ebola spread
“Decades of corruption, deep-rooted mistrust of government and weak public services in Liberia have hastened the spread of the Ebola virus, and much more needs to be done to bridge a communication gap between government and citizens, say civil society groups and analysts…” (Thomas, 9/3).

U.N. News Centre: Ebola response must be based on ‘scientific evidence, not on fear,’ urge top U.N. officials
“Misinformation about Ebola can only exacerbate an already fragile situation, said United Nations officials at the highest level [Tuesday], urging international action and solidarity to help West African countries deal with the myriad health and socioeconomic impacts of current outbreak of the deadly virus…” (9/2).

VOA News: Amid Ebola Crisis, Some Liberians Call for President’s Resignation
“Citing corruption and a lack of development, there are growing calls among Liberia’s diaspora for the resignation of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Some argue Liberia has become a failed state under her leadership. They say that after nine years in office, her government has failed to build a workable national health care system. Critics say this failure is responsible for the government’s poor handling of the Ebola outbreak…” (Butty, 9/2).

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