WHO pledges reforms, admits Ebola mistakes


GENEVA: The World Health Organization’s (WHO) chief on Sunday (Monday in Manila) admitted the United Nations agency had been caught napping on Ebola and pledged reforms to avoid similar mistakes in future. Despite turning a corner in the fight against Ebola, there was no room for complacency, WHO head Margaret Chan told a rare emergency session of the agency. Chan acknowledged blistering criticism that WHO’s response to the epidemic had been slow and shoddy and called for a revamp of its crisis management techniques. “This was west Africa’s first experience with the virus and it delivered some horrific shocks and surprises,” she said.



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