The Ebola Outbreak And Poor Medical Infrastructure

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In the table above, current issues and problems with Laboratory infrastructure and the important ways to address them are highlighted. Hospitals The most evident cases of the Ebola virus outbreak and poor medical infrastructure have been noted in hospital settings alone. If a hospital isn’t able to provide patients with quality and rapid treatment, then one can assume that the population it serves is indeed in danger. A hospital is where the sick look to when diseases such as Ebola leave them helpless. While developed nations with remarkable healthcare infrastructure are able to both diagnose and treat patients in clean and life supporting conditions, many poor regions like Africa struggle to create these resources for patients within…show more content…
By the time a Ministry of Health/WHO team arrived in Maridi approximately six weeks after the first case, one of the two doctors in the hospital had been infected and died, all six of the medical assistants had been infected and five had died, and twenty student nurses had died. Further spread and deaths occurred until the impact of basic infection control strategies, involving gloves, gowns and masks for healthcare workers, and hygienic measures in dealing with body fluids and the deceased, brought the outbreak to an end. (Shears 219) Basic infection control equipment is a vital need in regions like Africa where yet another outbreak has occurred. The most dangerous part about the impact of poor infrastructure is that even the hospital staff isn’t safe. Africa needs to focus its resources and funds to meeting the basic guidelines to control infectious diseases; “Specific guidelines for control in district hospitals have been drawn up by WHO, and these cover issues including patient isolation, locally produced protective clothing, waste disposal, disinfectants, and community education” (Shears 219). Yet hospitals aren’t even being provided the basics. In a hospital both skilled and knowledgeable workers and proper equipment is crucial to the health of an entire population no matter what. However, the typical setting of a hospital in Africa is described to have “poor building infrastructure, inadequate water supply, electricity for perhaps only a few hours a day,
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