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'World's reponse to Ebola outbreak was too slow'

The report criticised role players & the international community for ignoring warnings about the epidemic.

MSF doctors take care of a patient with the Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in the DRC. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - A new report into the largest Ebola outbreak in human history has criticised African governments and the international community for ignoring warnings about the scale of the killer epidemic.

The Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) report titled Pushed to the Limit and Beyond, marks the anniversary of the outbreak and illustrates what it calls the 'horrendous consequences' of a slow response.

The report says around 10,000 lives have been lost so far while medical services in affected countries have all but collapsed.

It also reveals that around 500 health workers died battling the epidemic.

The report claims the world ignored warnings about the Ebola outbreak until it crossed oceans.

MSF's Gille van Cutsem coordinated a large emergency mission in Liberia and says the fight is not over.

"As long as there is one case, the epidemic is not under control."

He says those who fought Ebola have been left deeply traumatised.

"There were so many patients in sight that they could only admit as many patients as the ones that had died the day before, to refill the beds."

Looking to the future, the report calls for more investment, better co-operation and more focus on education and awareness.

Click here to read the full report.

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