Ebola infections will grow without an intensified response, the World Health Organization warns. A report by the UN health agency predicts tens of thousands of cases by the end of the year.
On Tuesday, the World Health Organization warned that the Ebola epidemic, which has so far killed more than 2,800 of the 5,700 people diagnosed, could drag on for years. A WHO study, carried out with Imperial College London, forecasts that by November 2, the cumulative number of confirmed and probable cases could reach about 6,000 in Guinea, 10,000 in Liberia and 5,000 in Sierra Leone unless significant action is taken.
With the continued unabated spread of the Ebola virus, mostly in part of West Africa, and the potential threat it posses to the rest of the world, many organizations have come forward with various remedies but non has passed the human trial phase. The World Health Organisation, after two days of discussions with researchers, clinical investigators, legal and regulatory bodies and others, has issued a statement identifying therapeutics and vaccines that should be the focus of priority clinical evaluation at this time.
A hospital is set to become the first in Europe to tackle waiting times by getting overworked doctors to consult with their patients via Skype.
Managers at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire claim using the online video calling service could reduce outpatient appointments by up to 35 per cent. They argue that using Skype will help free up consultants' time and car parking spaces – while also helping patients who are unable to take time off work. If approved, they would become the first UK hospital to use Skype to consult with patients. The proposals, by Staffordshire's biggest hospital, also include doctors treating patients via email consultations.