Rebuilding of health systems urged in Ebola countries

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The health systems in the three countries in West Africa most affected by the Ebola outbreak need to be rebuilt to avoid future health emergencies.

That's according to Margaret Chan the head of the UN's World Health Organization.

The spread of the deadly disease in West Africa has slowed down, but the international community is being warned not to become complacent.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

More than 10,000 people have died over the past year in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three countries in West Africa most affected by the Ebola virus.

Speaking in Washington DC in the United States, Margaret Chan the Director-General of the World Health Organization, said the outbreak is now under control.

She said the focus should shift to restoring the health services of the affected countries.

"After years of conflict and civil unrest, the health systems in these three countries were fragile to begin with and they collapsed during the Ebola outbreak. The focus now is on rebuilding health systems that reduce the risks of experiencing another health emergency of this magnitude in the future."

The international community is, however, being warned not to become complacent.

The outbreak is not over. In the last week, there were 37 new cases of Ebola in the region.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations

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