BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. envoy Samantha Power said she will return from West Africa to the United States and the United Nations on Thursday with a message of “hope and possibility” that the global response to the Ebola outbreak is working, but more resources are needed.
Speaking to Reuters after visiting the three worst-affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, Power said among several areas to focus on was removing the stigma of the deadly hemorrhagic disease in those countries and around the world.
GENEVA/ACCRA (Reuters) – Liberia, the country worst-hit by an Ebola epidemic, may be seeing a decline in the spread of the virus, though the battle to contain the outbreak is far from won, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.
WHO Assistant Director General Bruce Aylward said the number of burials and new admissions had fallen and there was a plateau in laboratory-confirmed cases, though he cautioned against overly optimistic conclusions.
GBARNGA, Liberia, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Deep in a Liberian
bush, two U.S. nurses are taking a break after spending two
hours wearing protective suits in stifling temperatures to care
for patients suffering from Ebola, the viral killer that has
ravaged three West African countries.
Well behind them in the treatment unit’s “red zone” two
young boys, Solomon and Joe, who is wearing SpongeBob
SquarePants pajama pants, stand at a neon orange fence waving.
Solomon is on day 13 of his treatment and Joe is on day 8.
MONROVIA, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Liberia is beginning to see
results from international help to fight Ebola as the number of
safe burials increases and laboratory testing times drop from
five days to five hours in a remote area, freeing up treatment
beds, U.S. envoy Samantha Power said on Tuesday.
Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a
member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, arrived in Liberia
on Tuesday after visiting Guinea and Sierra Leone to assess what
more the world can do to help Ebola-stricken West Africa.
MONROVIA/FREETOWN (Reuters) – Australia became the first developed country on Tuesday to shut its borders to citizens of the countries worst-hit by the West African Ebola outbreak, a move those states said stigmatized healthy people and would make it harder to fight the disease.
Australia’s ban on visas for citizens of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea followed decisions by the U.S. military to quarantine soldiers returning from an Ebola response mission and some U.S. states to isolate aid workers. The United Nations said such measures could discourage vital relief work, making it harder to stop the spread of the deadly virus.