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WHO Agrees to Failure in Managing Ebola?

first_imgThe World Health­ Organization (WHO) has admitted to failure in managing the recent scope of the Ebola outbreak and falling short of providing a quick and suitable response to countries affected by the disease.A broad range of factors including mismanagement, bureaucracy, underfunding, poor communication and incompetent healthcare staff are to blame for failing to stop the spread of the mortal disease, WHO said in a draft internal document which was leaked out on Friday October 17, 2014.The Internal Document was quoted as saying, “Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall.”According to the report, the WHO experts failed to realize that the traditional approaches to disease containment wound be of no substantial effect in Africa, which has for long been beset with a weak health system.Also, Dr. Peter Piot, the Ebola virus co-discoverer, lashed out at the WHO for responding too slowly to the epidemic which has so far claimed the lives of nearly 4,493 people all around the world, while more people have been infected.Questioning the performance of the agency,  Dr. Piot said, “Five months passed and more than 1,000 people lost their lives before WHO finally declared the deadly epidemic an international health emergency.”Earlier this week, the World Health Organization announced that Ebola’s infection rate was likely to exceed 10,000 new cases per week in the next two months, adding that the epidemic’s mortality rate had reached 70 percent.Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding.The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can be also spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses. There is currently no known cure for Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Conflict rules to be weighed

first_imgWest Covina Councilman Steve Herfert ridiculed Hernandez’s idea as a waste of time. “It’s ridiculous to me,” Herfert. “We’re already governed by state law.” The proposal seems to target Mayor Mike Touhey, who at one time worked for the McIntyre Cos., a developer with several projects in West Covina. A McIntyre proposal to build a 20-unit condominium project on South Sunset Avenue has met with vocal opposition from several neighborhood groups. Touhey recused himself from a vote on the project. The balance of the council voted 3-1, with Hernandez as the lone dissenter, to go ahead. Subsequently, that vote has been revisited as the developer and residents are negotiating some changes, officials said. “This is \ attack this week,” Touhey said. “He targeted me in 2003 and said my clients couldn’t work in the city of West Covina, and now he’s saying my clients can’t work anywhere. I guess now I’ll have to go to work in Canada and Mexico.” In his e-mail, Hernandez defended his plan. “I am confident that this proposal has the public’s support as many residents have expressed strong concerns about certain companies with financial and political ties to the council repeatedly benefitting from no-bid contracts.” frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 862-8811 Ext. 2717 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – The City Council will consider tonight preventing council members from voting for projects if any council member has a financial interest. The proposal, placed on the agenda by Councilman Roger Hernandez, will be heard at a City Hall meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. “We have an obligation to protect the people’s tax dollars and work diligently to provide systems to ensure that individual \ are not personally benefitting financially from their votes,” Hernandez wrote in an e-mail Monday. “It would make it unlawful … to vote on any matter where a council member … or clients would benefit financially.” last_img read more