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VIDEO: Doctors Without Borders criticize international response to Ebola

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MONROVIA, Liberia-  The group Doctors Without Borders is blasting the response by the World Health Organization to the recent Ebola outbreaks saying it cost lives. The medical humanitarian group said political pressure from governments to downplay the deadly outbreak and a delay by the United Nation's health agency in calling a public health emergency of international concern cost lives.

The WHO reportedly says it did not consider the spread of Ebola from Guinea to Sierra Leone and Liberia of international concern because the borders in West Africa are so porous.

But the general director of Doctors Without Borders,  Christopher Stokes, says that logic does not make any sense. "To consider that an epidemic that had taken hold in three different, distinct countries was not an international epidemic because it hadn't spread to Nigeria really doesn't make sense. Also at any moment it could have spread to Ivory Coast, to Mali which it did briefly and to Senegal, so what is the limit for WHO in terms of national or international epidemic? This was clearly an international epidemic and it's really a shame that somehow the WHO and the international community only woke up when Westerners were infected and had to be Medevaced to Texas or to Spain."

Although the WHO declared Ebola to be an international emergency last August, it resisted internal pressure to do so for about two months, despite receiving evidence of the outbreak's spread. Doctors Without Borders also warns that there could be hidden cases of Ebola which could fuel the epidemic for more months to come.

A WHO spokeswoman says political considerations played no role in the decision to declare an international emergency over the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

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