Ebola Causing Food Shortages In West Africa

The United Nations has said that the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world’s … Continue reading Ebola Causing Food Shortages In West Africa


FoodThe United Nations has said that the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world’s poorest regions and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the disease was threatening the stability of stricken countries and their neighbours.

Doctors in Liberia were out on strike as they struggled to cope with the worst outbreak of Ebola on record, while the global aid organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), said that 800 more beds for Ebola patients were urgently needed in the Liberian capital, Monrovia alone, while in Sierra Leone, highly infectious bodies were rotting in the streets.

Governments and aid organisations have scrambled to contain the disease, which according to the World Health Organization, has killed more than 1,500 in West Africa since March.

In an address to United Nations member states, MSF President, Joanne Liu, said: “Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it.” She said that aid charities and West African governments did not have the capacity to stem the outbreak and needed intervention by foreign states.

Slamming what she called “a global coalition of inaction,” Liu called for the urgent dispatch of field hospitals with isolation wards and mobile medical laboratories.

MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders, said that biological disaster response teams were needed to support West Africa’s buckling healthcare systems.