UN document admits WHO badly fumbled response to Ebola
 

UN document admits WHO badly fumbled response to Ebola

Agency says “nearly everyone” involved in the response failed to notice the potential for Ebola’s explosive spread.


 

LONDON — The World Health Organization has admitted it botched the attempt to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information.

In a draft internal document obtained by The Associated Press, the agency says “nearly everyone” involved in the response failed to notice the potential for Ebola’s explosive spread.

The agency acknowledged that its own bureaucracy was a problem, pointing out that the heads of WHO country offices in Africa are “politically motivated appointments” made by the WHO regional director for Africa.

At a meeting of WHO’s experts on outbreaks in June, a senior WHO official alerted the agency’s chief that some national health agencies and medical charities thought WHO was “compromising rather than aiding the response” to the Ebola crisis.

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UN document admits WHO badly fumbled response to Ebola

  1. WHO has spent years trying to spook people about the flu….every year they invoke 1918 and give the world fear-filled rhetoric…and people gradually stopped listening.

    This year WHO genuinely had a medical problem…..and yet they botched it after all their preparation.

    Doctors without borders is a mess, Americans are running around with their hair on fire, and again stupidity has taken over.