World must 'step up' in the fight against an escalating Ebola outbreak

World must 'step up' in the fight against an escalating Ebola outbreak

An article published on the 16 April 2019 by Sarah Newey of The Telegraph, contains quotes from Mark Eccleston-Turner regarding the fight against an escalating Ebola outbreak.

Sarah writes:

"....WHO emergency committee almost unanimously agreed last week that the epidemic was not a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) - a formal classification used to identify outbreaks with the potential to cross borders. The decision has sparked criticism, with global health lawyers believing it demonstrates a “fundamental misunderstanding” of international law."  

Mark Eccleston-Turner:

“I think it was a poor [decision] which misapplied the International Health Regulations.

It’s quite a narrow reading to think that if the outbreak is contained to one country, it is not of international concern.

Following the law correctly at the moment would lead you to declare a PHEIC. We can't just ignore the law because we don't like the outcome.”

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