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The Battle Against One of the Worst Ebola Epidemics Ever Is in Trouble

The northeastern part of the country where the epidemic has hit has been a conflict zone for decades, with more than 100 armed groups, as well as security forces posing a constant threat of violence to the population. Distrust of outsiders is entrenched, and grew in two areas, Beni and Butembo, after the government barred residents from voting in the long-delayed elections in December, supposedly because of concerns about the spread of Ebola. Many people thought the government used the disease as an excuse to keep them from voting, and some of their remorse against the outside groups that had drawn so much attention to Ebola. Recent attacks on two treatment centers operated by Doctors Without Borders led the group to close them, and brought a scorching and highly unusual self-assessment by Dr. Liu, who included her organization among those who had fallen short. She urged medical teams to treat Ebola patients "as humans and not as a biothreat." , but nothing about the lacquer or soap and water, ”Dr. Liu said. "They have been spraying with chlorine and wrapped in plastic bags, buried without ceremony. Then they see their possessions burned. ” In a piercing essay published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, another physician from Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Vinh-Kim Nguyen wrote: "Early in the epidemic, we witnessed agents forcibly bringing patients in for treatment. In a population already traumatized by violence and forceful responses to numerous crises, such as tactics fuel respondents of responders,…

The northeastern part of the country where the epidemic has hit has been a conflict zone for decades, with more than 100 armed groups, as well as security forces posing a constant threat of violence to the population.

Distrust of outsiders is entrenched, and grew in two areas, Beni and Butembo, after the government barred residents from voting in the long-delayed elections in December, supposedly because of concerns about the spread of Ebola. Many people thought the government used the disease as an excuse to keep them from voting, and some of their remorse against the outside groups that had drawn so much attention to Ebola.

Recent attacks on two treatment centers operated by Doctors Without Borders led the group to close them, and brought a scorching and highly unusual self-assessment by Dr. Liu, who included her organization among those who had fallen short. She urged medical teams to treat Ebola patients “as humans and not as a biothreat.”

, but nothing about the lacquer or soap and water, ”Dr. Liu said. “They have been spraying with chlorine and wrapped in plastic bags, buried without ceremony. Then they see their possessions burned. ”

In a piercing essay published on Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, another physician from Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Vinh-Kim Nguyen wrote: “Early in the epidemic, we witnessed agents forcibly bringing patients in for treatment. In a population already traumatized by violence and forceful responses to numerous crises, such as tactics fuel respondents of responders, which prompts patients to flee and spawns violence. ”

Dr. They were with fear and distrust, especially of forced vaccination. But when the security forces were absent, people would actually ask to be vaccinated.

“The lesson is clear: Guns and public health don’t mix,” he wrote. Liu said aid groups needed to help in ways the community would accept, even if it meant helping families safe for Ebola patients at home, or giving them information and equipment to carry out safe burials on their own .

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