Salient to Investors:
The International Crisis Group said:
- The Ebola outbreak threatens to become a political crisis that could unravel years of effort to stabilize West Africa – the worst-hit countries face widespread chaos and, potentially, collapse.
- Adding social breakdown to the epidemic would create a disaster perhaps impossible to manage.
- West African governments have tried to manage these crises unilaterally, ignoring that their citizenry are deeply linked and interdependent.
- Special attention is needed also for Guinea-Bissau and The Gambia, both near the epicentre and with inadequate health systems.
- The international community needs also to provide more resources to the longer-term problems of strengthening governance and rebuilding health-care systems.
- Ebola has exposed citizens’ lack of trust in their government in already fragile societies, and in the three worst-hit countries past civil conflicts could resurface.
The WHO warned that Ebola infections could treble to 20,000 by November if efforts to tackle the outbreak were not stepped up.
Afri-Dev.Info said Liberia has a population of 4.2m population with 51 doctors, 978 nurses and midwives, and 269 pharmacists, and Sierra Leone has a population of 6m population with 136 doctors, 1,017 nurses and midwives, and 114 pharmacists.
Read the full article at http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29349796
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