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Liberia Has Shortage of Body Bags, Supplies to Fight Epidemic

Faith Karimi | CNN   in 
October 17, 2014

(CNN) — As the world reels from its worst Ebola outbreak, the nation hardest hit is declaring a shortage of body bags, which are crucial to preventing the spread of the deadly virus.

Liberia, one of three countries most affected by the outbreak, said it has 4,900 body bags nationwide.

It needs 85,000 more in the next six months, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

A grim inventory of supplies shows body bags were not the only items lacking. Liberia is also experiencing a shortage of other supplies needed to fight the virus, including protective suits, face masks, gloves and goggles.

Liberia said it needs 2.4 million boxes of gloves in the next six months, but it has only 18,000 boxes. Each box has 100 pairs.

It also needs about 1.2 million hooded overalls within the same time frame, but it has only 165,000.

The numbers are the latest setback in Liberia’s fight against Ebola, which has killed at least 2,458 people in the nation. This week, health workers in the nation went on strike to demand higher pay, leaving some clinics unattended.

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