Liberia’s minister of defence, Brownie Samukai, has identified the rapid spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as “a serious threat” to the country’s existence.
Speaking to the United Nations Security Council, Samukai said the response to the crisis was below par.
“The international response to the crisis was less than robust,” he said.
In Liberia only, at least 1,224 deaths have been recorded from more than 2046 cases since the outbreak in February.
Despite the funds that have been pumped into curbing the spread of the virus in West Africa, the country’s Ebola virus still remains on the increase, with thousands more cases predicted in the weeks to come by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Liberia, a country whose existence was threatened by a 14-year civil war that spawned the death of about 250,000 people, faces another national threat.
Prior the outbreak, the nation had a challenged healthcare system, which is currently being overstretched. Many international observers in Liberia have lamented the rate at which medical centres turn down Ebola patients due to a shortage of facilities.
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