In Face of Ebola Outbreak, Liberia’s Medical System is Collapsing
This is not good:
The health care system in Liberia is collapsing, hospitals closing down and medical workers fleeing from the Ebola epidemic, which is poised to worsen, Liberia’s foreign minister said on Thursday.
“People are dying from common diseases because the health care system is collapsing,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said in an interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“It is going to have a long-term impact, even after this crisis is behind us.”
Treatable diseases such as malaria and diarrhea are left untended because frightened Liberians are shunning medical centers, and these deaths could outstrip those from the Ebola virus by three or four fold, he said.
But his biggest concern is the spreading epidemic.
“We are hearing it is going to get worse before it gets better.
The country entered the epidemic with only about 50 doctors for 4 million people, he said.