Mistrust of government spurs Ebola spread


Liberian police in protective clothing control residents of West Point as they wait for food rations to be handed out as part of governments quarantine plan for the area as a way of curbing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Monrovia, Liberia, 21 Aug

Mistrust of government spurs Ebola spread

By Kate Thomas

NAIROBI, 3 September 2014 (IRIN) - Decades of corruption, deep-rooted mistrust of government and weak public services in Liberia have hastened the spread of the Ebola virus, and much more needs to be done to bridge a communication gap between government and citizens, say civil society groups and analysts.

On 30 August, authorities lifted an enforced quarantine on the West Point area of Monrovia, 10 days after police officers sealed the slum, fuelling frustration and sparking...

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