WHO: document on Ebola cited by AP is a leaked first draft 


Geneva:The World Health Organization on Sunday, has stated that it will give a full review of its efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has left the  World in panic as over 4,500 people have succumbed to the deadly disease, while experts continue to fail at controlling the outbreak substantially.

This response from WHO comes after the Associated Press published fragments of a report by WHO which cites that a perfect storm was brewing and is ready to burst open in full force,

WHO has declined to comment on data information cited by Associated Press that is linked to an internal WHO document regarding their efforts in curbing the disease. “Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall,” WHO said in the document, according to the Associated Press. “A perfect storm was brewing, ready to burst open in full force.”

The leaked document also states that the Deputy Director General of the organization, Dr. Bruce Aylward,had alerted WHO Director-General Margaret Chan through an email in June pointed that national health organizations and charities believed the U.N. agency was “compromising rather than aiding” the Ebola response. “None of the news about WHO’s performance is good,” Aylward wrote, according to the Associated Press.

Reacting to this claim, WHO has said is that the cited report is first draft that had not been reality checked or surveyed by its staff as a major aspect of its proceeding and it was spilled without their insight. “We cannot divert our limited resources from the urgent response to do a detailed analysis of the past response,” WHO said in a statement. “That review will come, but only after this outbreak is over.”

Earlier last week, WHO had confirmed that there have been more than 9,200 confirmed, probable or suspected Ebola cases since the outbreak began months ago, with more than 4,500 deaths. Those figures — documenting cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain and the United states — likely underestimate the impact, since many cases were never diagnosed, especially in locales that are more remote, do not have a vibrant health care system or have stigmas that may have led some not to seek treatment.

And, authorities warn, it could get exponentially worse if the World doesn’t step up.

The Oslo Times 

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