West Africa Better Prepared to Contain Future Ebola Outbreaks

 The director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Africa region, Matshidiso Moeti looks on during a visit to Zuma Town on the outskirts of the capital Monrovia, Liberia, April 22, 2015. In an exclusive interview with VOA, Moeti said in May, 2016, West Africa was better prepared to tackle future outbreaks of Ebola – VOA Credit.

The director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Africa region, Matshidiso Moeti looks on during a visit to Zuma Town on the outskirts of the capital Monrovia, Liberia, April 22, 2015. In an exclusive interview with VOA, Moeti said in May, 2016, West Africa was better prepared to tackle future outbreaks of Ebola – VOA Credit.

{VOA NEWS / GENEVA, SWITZERLAND— The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Africa says West Africa is better prepared to tackle future outbreaks of Ebola. In an exclusive interview with VOA, Matshidiso Moeti says Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are now able to respond more quickly to emergencies because of upgrades to their surveillance, laboratory and health care systems.

Moeti became head of WHO’s regional office for Africa in February 2015, at the height of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. As the World Health Organization’s chief troubleshooter in the region, she told VOA she knew she had to do whatever was necessary to stop the spread of this fatal disease.

Ebola had killed more than 11,000 people in the three most heavily affected West African countries by the time WHO declared the transmission of the Ebola virus virtually over at the end of last year. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.