Ebola response to shift towards smaller healthcare facilities

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A Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) health worker donning a protective suit to treat Ebola victims in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. Photo: IRIN/Tommy Trenchard

The fight against the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa will shift focus towards supporting smaller, more geographically dispersed healthcare facilities, the UN has said.

More than 5000 people have died in the three countries most affected by the outbreak, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

There are an additional 14,000 suspected cases.

The head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Anthony Banbury said the response to combatting the disease has to be "more nimble and flexible" to reflect the

"changing situation on the ground."

UNMEER which is leading the international effort in West Africa will no longer focus on supporting the establishment of large health care facilities of up to 100 beds.

Instead Mr Banbury said smaller facilities which are more geographically dispersed, will be needed.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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