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Health, Security Conditions Reach Alarming Level in Liberia's Capital

U.N. aid agencies say health and security conditions in Liberia’s capital are continuing to deteriorate. Thousands of people have streamed into Monrovia in recent weeks to escape fighting between government and rebel troops. The World Health Organization says the health situation in and around Monrovia is alarming. WHO Spokeswoman Christine McNab says nearly 100,000 displaced people are living in temporary shelters. Because access to clean water is limited in many of the camps, Ms. McNab says the refugees are vulnerable to diseases that thrive in crowded areas where sanitary facilities are lacking. “In the SKD football stadium, which is the largest camp in Monrovia, malaria and diarrhea [are] on the increase,” said Ms. McNab. “WHO has been distributing essential medicines, including antibiotics, anti-malarials and anti-worming drugs. “This was done in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and with an NGO [non-governmental organization],” she continued. “However, hospitals will run out of medicines and medical supplies very soon and are requesting support from the international community.” Full Story

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