General Health Systems Damaged by Ebola in West Africa

December 2, 2014 4:49 PM

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The World Health Organization reports the spread of Ebola is having a damaging impact on the delivery of health services for people suffering from other illnesses in the three severely affected Ebola countries in West Africa. And it says one of the root causes of the rapid spread of Ebola in the region is linked to the weakness in the health systems of the three heavily infected countries.

Ebola has killed about 6,000 people. But WHO Coordinator of Health Systems, Dr. Gerard Schmets said the deaths of many more people suffering from malaria, chronic diseases and other illnesses probably can be linked to Ebola.

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