Ebola outbreak collapsing Africa’s health care systems

posted at 5:21 pm on August 8, 2014 by Noah Rothman

While the world remains focused on the latest outbreak of violence in a variety of Middle East hot spots, history’s worst Ebola outbreak continues to rage across West Africa.

The death toll across Africa from this latest outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever is nearing the grim milestone of 1,000. The World Health Organization warned that the outbreak will get worse before it gets better. The American Centers for Disease Control issued its highest level alert , the first such alert the agency has issued since the 2009 outbreak of H1N1 influenza (bird flu).

Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan, president of Africa’s most populous nation, declared a state of emergency on Friday. And Liberian officials warned that the outbreak has begun to force the country’s health care system into collapse.

“People are dying from common diseases because the health care system is collapsing,” Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, Liberia’s minister of foreign affairs, told Reuters reporters on Friday.

Treatable diseases such as malaria and diarrhea are left untended because frightened Liberians are shunning medical centers, and these deaths could outstrip those from the Ebola virus by three or four fold, he said.

But his biggest concern is 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,” Ngafuan said.

“The possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus, the intensive community and health facility transmission patterns, and the weak health systems in the currently affected and most at-risk countries,” a WHO statement released Friday read. The organization warned that many more lives will be lost unless the global community mounts an emergency mission to intervene in the crisis… and soon.


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Well obviously, Africa needs some of that sweet obamacare magic.

Pork-Chop on August 8, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Maybe they should institute Obamacare?

Mitoch55 on August 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Well obviously, Africa needs some of that sweet obamacare magic.

Pork-Chop on August 8, 2014 at 5:25 PM

A hashtag will cure Ebola or something.

sentinelrules on August 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

curious that it hasn’t started to burn out yet. almost as if its staying virulent longer.

dmacleo on August 8, 2014 at 5:29 PM

It’s not just that the healthcare system in Africa can’t quite cope. The frightening thing is that the healthcare workers themselves are dying. It doesn’t matter how good the hospital and clinic infrastructure is, if there is nobody to run it, it is worthless.

This is going to get very, very ugly.

DaveK on August 8, 2014 at 5:29 PM

It’s not burning out because it has travelled to areas of dense population. It can only burn out if there is nowhere for it to spread.

DaveK on August 8, 2014 at 5:31 PM

I Blame Bush, why don’t you?

Tard on August 8, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Obviously all Nigerians must be immediately granted amnesty. Think of the children!

Charlemagne on August 8, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Europe needs to closely guard its southern borders.

Charlemagne on August 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Not to worry. Obama has put his top men on it. Top. Men. Or is it W(o)Myn nowadays?

Frankly, if it was a choice between Ebola or being treated by one of Obama’s smiling gubmint employees, I’d have a long time deciding…..

Vanceone on August 8, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Time for World War “E”??

I say we nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

Tom Servo on August 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM

curious that it hasn’t started to burn out yet. almost as if its staying virulent longer.

dmacleo on August 8, 2014 at 5:29 PM

I read it is because people wont go to the Doctor if they think they have it because they are being put in “death” camps if they are suspected of having Ebola. They are not really death camps, just quarantine camps but so far people are not coming back from them because they are dying from the virus. Sort of a Catch 22 for them.

Johnnyreb on August 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Quarantine is the best solution until a cure is found. Killing the doctors and nurses will have a long term negative effect for years after this outbreak is brought under control.

Laurence on August 8, 2014 at 5:54 PM

So Obama will bring them here along with the TB epidemic he brought in through South Texas……..Obamacare for everyone worldwide

Privatize It on August 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Book Karam WIL kill all the medical staff if they are Christians anyway.

What difference does it make?

txdoc on August 8, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Africa’s health care system is collapsing? I didn’t know that country (per Pelosi) even had a health care system oe even ObamaCare.

VorDaj on August 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM

On the plus side, when the outbreak occurs in the U.S., we don’t have a health delivery system left to crash.

Dang, but that Barack Obama sure was prescient, was he not??

bimmcorp on August 8, 2014 at 6:17 PM

I say we nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

Tom Servo on August 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Nah, we don’t need an orbital bombardment for this. A close encounter will do.

Oldnuke on August 8, 2014 at 6:17 PM

I guess this isn’t your father’s Ebola.

formwiz on August 8, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Ebola outbreak collapsing Africa’s health care systems

Witch Doctors Hardest Hit.

News at ten…

viking01 on August 8, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Much of the coverage has centered on the epidemic in Liberia and Nigeria, because these countries are relatively accessible to English speaking journalists. But we have no idea what is happening in Sierra Leone or Guinea, which is one of the most corrupt countries on earth. Officially claim only about 1,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa so far, ‘not many’ in such a vast region. But this completely underrates the real danger. The relevant population against which such casualties must be measured are the medical personnel. They are being wiped out. Africa has a very limited store of scientific, medical and technical human capital and once these irreplaceables are killed or intimidated then the man issuing the medical exit visas will be an illiterate with a rubber stamp.

Socratease on August 8, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Well what are we waiting for? We need to get them over here ASAP,more voters for the Democraps,nice facilities with flat screen TV’s, weight rooms and sign them up for some of that Great Obamacare.Oh wait Dear Fascist just left for vacation, never mind.

jeffinsjvca on August 8, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Because Obama has a cure but only uses it on white Americans…enjoy the suck!

trs on August 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Sadly, the only way to control an outbreak of Ebola is to NOT treat the infected, but to totally quarantine them; AKA leave them to die or recover alone.

This is what has stopped smaller outbreaks in Africa in the past, when the relatives, medical personnel and fellow villagers just fled in panic as soon as someone shows signs of infection.

It is the dilution of the population that will eventually slow down and stop this outbreak. Treatment of the sort available in Africa only exposes medical personnel to the disease, without substantially increasing the chances for survival of the infected.

Dolce Far Niente on August 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

***holes.

Good people are dying doing their duty. That’s why the healthcare systems in the affected countries are collapsing. Their personnel are ****ing dying. Horribly. Pray for them.

And hope it doesn’t happen to you too.

Tom_Holsinger on August 8, 2014 at 7:55 PM

I just read a report that 8 of the healthcare professionals that treated the American that died in Lagos have been diagnosed with Ebola. Why hasn’t the FAA shut down air traffic to West Africa? They acted in 1 day to close the Tel Aviv airport when 1 rocket fell a mile away.

claudius on August 8, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Quarantine is the best solution until a cure is found. Killing the doctors and nurses will have a long term negative effect for years after this outbreak is brought under control.

Laurence on August 8, 2014 at 5:54 PM

There is no cure for this virus or any virus, period. There is treatment. Let that sink in.

Perhaps there are other methods of preventing catastrophe from this but a cure is not one of them. You mentioned quarantine, which is a great starting point but then we idiotically flew the two wrong-headed infected nitwits back here to the states.

I’m not trying to be annoying about my thoughts on whether flying those two back to the US was a good idea. Clearly I think it was worse than rescuing idiots from a mountain avalanche or expedition gone wrong, and clearly them being here now presents risk, introduces it where it didn’t need to happen. Treating them over there should have been the only option.

My main point: Cure is the wrong word when dealing with this or any virus. You are infected or you are not. There is no cure.

ahander on August 8, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Killing the doctors and nurses will have a long term negative effect for years after this outbreak is brought under control.

Laurence on August 8, 2014 at 5:54 PM

It will have an effect right away. As the more dedicated die the less dedicated will develop morale issues and find reasons not to show up for work.

KW64 on August 8, 2014 at 8:51 PM

It will have an effect right away.

KW64 on August 8, 2014 at 8:51 PM

It is having an effect already and this will continue to lower medical standards in the area for years or generations to come. Do not waste doctors and nurses.

You mentioned quarantine, which is a great starting point but then we idiotically flew the two wrong-headed infected nitwits back here to the states.

ahander on August 8, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Quarantine the areas. Quarantine anyone one already in the areas and anyone who goes into the area. Once in, you stay in until there are no active cases.

Laurence on August 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM

We’re talking Africa here. There will be no effective quarantine. Just like here, they don’t really control their borders, and their first reaction to any crisis is to lie and coverup.

claudius on August 8, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Maybe they should fast for a few days. I saw an article in a magazine in Whole Foods that was pretty sure that would do it.
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Mimzey on August 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

It’s Africa, when someone dies of this and they suspect Ebola they quickly throw the body into the streets to get it out of their home. Animals start to eat the body. The street markets sell ‘bush meat’. The circle is closed.

slickwillie2001 on August 8, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Ebola outbreak collapsing Africa’s health care systems

Well hell then!! The nation of Africa needs ObamaCare…Stat…Code Blue….

redguy on August 8, 2014 at 11:32 PM

I think people that think they have Ebola will probably ride the death train on in to South Texas because they heard of the wonders of ObamaCare……..

redguy on August 8, 2014 at 11:34 PM

There is no cure for this virus or any virus, period. There is treatment. Let that sink in.

Really, if people get it – they need to be thrown into a flaming pit. Period.

redguy on August 8, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Europe needs to closely guard its southern borders.

Charlemagne on August 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Like American does…..yes that is the solution!!!

redguy on August 8, 2014 at 11:36 PM

1000 people in how long? Mass hysteria. Within the same footprint, 300 people die daily from traffic or what of the other top killers. Heck, Islam probably kills that many on a slow day.

AH_C on August 9, 2014 at 12:37 AM

Ebola outbreak collapsing Africa’s health care systems

Man, if I see ONE MORE show on the tube that talks about how up and coming Africa is, and all the wonderful things going on there, I think I’ll, dunno, cry or something.

It’s unbelievable how much propaganda we’re bombarded with.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 9, 2014 at 11:21 AM

The death toll across Africa from this latest outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever is nearing the grim milestone of 1,000.

AH_C on August 9, 2014 at 12:37 AM

That they admit to. These countries have a history of giving false information. They are looking for 36,000 potentially infected people and citizens in Lagos are tossing bodies in the street.

Many there, I read, believe this is a curse.

The disease can aerosol as proven by Canadian scientists. The fact that it jumped from pigs to primates is irrelevant. If it can spread by aerosol at all, it can surely spread between primates WITHOUT DIRECT CONTACT.

dogsoldier on August 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

The disease can aerosol as proven by Canadian scientists. The fact that it jumped from pigs to primates is irrelevant. If it can spread by aerosol at all, it can surely spread between primates WITHOUT DIRECT CONTACT.

dogsoldier on August 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Yeah, but folks don’t want to hear Alex Jones tinfoil hat stuff…even when it’s true.

The bright side is that these pandemics usually die out before taking out too many people. Plague, influenza and typhus still exist, but kill very few. And before anyone says anything about how the existence of WHO and the CDC, etc. are what stifle these epidemics, the Bubonic Plague fizzled out loooong before modern science and these kinds of organizations came along.

It could be that these diseases are controlled too much and that our immune systems don’t get exposed to some of the milder forms.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 9, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 9, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Yes.

My real concern here is that Muslim terrorists will infect recruits and send them over the southern border. Border Patarol agents have captured people from 75 countries trying to get in, thanks to King Putt.

There is only one more effective weapon of terror than a plague.

dogsoldier on August 9, 2014 at 5:06 PM

dogsoldier on August 9, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Remember that story about Al-Qaeda types having contracted Plague in North Africa several years ago?

Wouldn’t put it past them.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 9, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 9, 2014 at 6:32 PM

They have experienced a few lab mishaps. This would not require a lab at all with an incubation period of 21 days.

dogsoldier on August 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM