- Published on Nov 1, 2014
The Ebola virus outbreak’s toll in West Africa has expanded at such a grand scale that the devastation has begun to vary from country to country. Liberia has experienced some reduction in the acceleration of cases, but Sierra Leone’s condition worsens, just as health workers reportedly strike for unreceived pay.
Describing the situation on the ground as “catastrophic,” Rony Zachariah of Doctors Without Borders warned this week that Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak was particularly devastating, and government had, to some extent, contributed. Zachariah noted that the official numbers coming out of the nation were “under-reported”–something for which local media has been condemning the government for months–and that entire communities had been completely destroyed. “There are several villages and communities that have been basically wiped out,” he explained. “In one of the villages I went to, there were 40 inhabitants and 39 died.”