Report: Liberian Health Care System 'Collapsing' Under Ebola

The health care system in Liberia is collapsing as hospitals shut down and medical workers flee from the Ebola epidemic, Liberia's foreign minister has said.

Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan said diseases such as malaria and diarrhoea were going untreated because frightened Liberians were shunning medical centres.

He warned deaths resulting from normally treatable conditions could outstrip those from the Ebola virus by three or four times.

“People are dying from common diseases because the health care system is collapsing,” Mr 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.”

But he said his biggest immediate concern was the spreading epidemic.

“We are hearing it is going to get worse before it gets better. We do not know how much worse that will be. My main worry is the fear of how many people will die. Right now it is out of control and jumps from place to place,” Mr Ngafuan said.

Read the full story at The Independent.


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