The UN has come up with a 60-day-limit mission to bring the Ebola epidemic under control. The deadly virus has claimed over 4 000 victims until now, and the current situation does not seem to abate. The UN has therefore engaged into a race against time to undo the damage and prevent further damage. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking.
The Ebola outbreak has been gradually spreading its tentacles across West Africa while the world watches helplessly – around 9 000 cases have been recorded till date, with 4 447 of these resulting in the death of the patients. The United Nations (UN) has now made a shocking announcement: the situation has to be brought under control in 60-days’ time, and in case this is not achieved, we should brace ourselves for an “unprecedented situation” to settle. The UN stated that the deadly disease “is running faster than us and it is winning the race“.
The situation is spiraling towards more and more alarming levels: the death rate already went from 50 % to 70 %.
If the epidemic can be reined within the 60-day delay, the tide might turn in our favour.
“The WHO advises within 60 days we must ensure 70% of infected people are in a care facility and 70% of burials are done without causing further infection,” said Anthony Banbury, the UN’s deputy ebola coordinator. “We either stop Ebola now or we face an entirely unprecedented situation for which we do not have a plan.”
The emergency mission entails a number of steps:
- Detect and trace contacts
- Management of the cases
- Ensuring burials are done safely
- Arming the people with knowledge so that they may protect themselves
“If we fail at any of these, we fail entirely,” warned Mr Banbury.