Immediate engagement needed to halt ebola spread

Commenting on the news that ebola has spread from a rural area of the DRC to Mbandaka, a city of 1.2m people, Baroness Shas Sheehan, the Lib Dem Spokesperson for International Development said,

“Urban transmission coupled with mobile population and weak health systems, require a speedy response, so  I hope that lessons learnt from the 2014 ebola epidemic are being deployed with a sense of extreme urgency, by both the WHO and DfID.”

She added, “in meeting the challenge of this current outbreak immediate engagement with faith and community leaders is essential, as they are best placed to help with aspects of controlling the spread of the disease, such as safe burial practices.”

Rosy Cobb

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