Via the Daily Mail Online: Sierra Leone struggling to fight Ebola as doctors and nurses have left for Britain. Excerpt and then a comment:
Sierra Leone is struggling in its fight against Ebola because so many medics have left for jobs in Britain, it has been claimed, amid reports the country's health centres are overflowing with victims.
The exodus of doctors and nurses to the UK and other wealthy countries left the West African state 'woefully short' of trained medical staff when the deadly virus struck, MPs have said.
It comes as the death toll from the epidemic increased to 6,915 out of 18,603 cases and as Sierra Leone authorities launched a fresh operation to contain the virus.
The Commons International Development Committee has said that a high proportion of the health professionals trained in Sierra Leone were now working in Britain.
The committee criticised the Department for International Development (Dfid) for initially underestimating the scale of the Ebola crisis and warned that the World Health Organisation's systems for dealing with such emergencies were 'dangerously inadequate'.
At the same time, MPs said that Sierra Leone was paying the price for the failure of rich countries to train sufficient medical staff for their own needs forcing them to turn to recruits from overseas.
'Sierra Leone was already woefully short of doctors and nurses before the crisis began,' the committee said.
'This was partly a reflection of net outward migration flows of health professionals to rich countries who had failed to train sufficient staff for their own needs.
'The 10 Sierra Leonean doctors we were told work in the UK would have been invaluable in a country that only had just over 100 doctors before the epidemic.'
In the 1990s the Canadian government, in a burst of misguided foresight, cut the funding for medical training. We were supposedly training too many doctors; never mind the war babies and early boomers heading for a long, affluent, and healthcare-intensive retirement.