GUINEA, Liberia and Sierra Leone begin 2015 still carrying the burden of Ebola, with total cases nearly touching 20,000 by the end of 2014, and over 7,600 deaths.
The dilapidated health care systems in these countries, plus denial and turf wars among the various health agencies in the region have been blamed for the lethargic response.
Other African countries without a legacy of war – or that have recovered from conflict – might begin the new year comforting themselves that their healthcare systems may not be in such shambles, and if they were faced with a similar crisis, they might handle it better.
But they shouldn’t pop the champagne yet – even though primary health care may be reasonably satisfactory in some countries, disease surveillance and the ability to collect healthcare data can be dreadfully weak.
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