The World Health Organization has stated that the Governments did not take up serious roles during the onslaught of the Ebola crisis which resulted in the disease’s severity. WHO further wants more power and influence in order to tackle future health emergencies, according to documents published by the agency.
WHO has been on the receiving end of severe criticism because of its slow response to the Ebola epidemic, which has killed more than 8,371 people, as of now, out of the 21,000 cases reported in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
WHO had promised to release a full report of the Ebola crisis when the disease came under control, but has not done so as of now.
But according to documents submitted to WHO’s 34 nation Executive Board, the agency criticized the governments that had put International Health Regulations that cover public health risks and disease outbreaks at risk by closing borders and discriminating against travelers from Ebola-affected countries.
The report also said that some of the states also didn’t have the minimum standards in place in primary areas such as surveillance, preparedness and risk communication.
The agency also stated in another report that the agency should be restructured and given more power in order to tackle future health emergencies in an effective and better way.