“It’s basically admitting defeat,” said Dr. Peter H. Kilmarx, the leader of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s team in Sierra Leone, adding that it was “now national policy that we should take care of these people at home.”

“For the clinicians it’s admitting failure, but we are responding to the need,” Dr. Kilmarx said. “There are hundreds of people with Ebola that we are not able to bring into a facility.”

連邦CDCのシエラレオネハケンチームリーダのDr. Peter H. Kilmarxは「これは基本的には敗北を認めたということだ。今や、自宅でこれらの人々を看護するというのが国家政策である。医療関係者にとっては敗北を認めることだが、我々に必要なことには対処していく。施設に収容できていないエボラ感染者が数百人いる」と述べた。

The effort to prop up a family’s attempts to care for ailing relatives at home does not mean that officials have abandoned plans to increase the number of beds in hospitals and clinics. But before the beds can be added and doctors can be trained, experts warn, the epidemic will continue to grow.

C.D.C. officials acknowledged that the risks of dying from the disease and passing it to loved ones at home were serious under the new policy − “You push some Tylenol to them, and back away,” Dr. Kilmarx said, describing its obvious limits.


CDCのDr. Kilmarxは、「新たな方針のもとは、自宅でエボラで死亡し、周囲の人々に感染を広めるリスクが重大であること」を認めて、「タイレノールを患者にかけて、患者に触れないこと」とできることの明らかな限界を述べてい

But many patients with Ebola are already dying slowly at home, untreated and with no place to go. There are 304 beds for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone now, but 1,148 are needed, the World Health Organization reported this week. So officials here said there was little choice but to try the new approach as well.

“For the first time, the nation is accepting the possibility of home care, out of necessity,” said Jonathan Mermin, another C.D.C. official and physician here. “It is a policy out of necessity.”


CDC職員で医師であるJonathan Meriminは「初めて、やむをえず、シエラレオネ政府は自宅看護の可能性を認めている。これは、やむをえない政策だ。」と述べた。

[ADAM NOSSITEROCT: "Officials Admit a ‘Defeat’ by Ebola in Sierra Leone" (2014/10/11) on NYTimes]


When it opened, there were 120 beds available. Within hours, the clinic was already stretched − every space available filled with the city’s most frightened and seriously ill. Somehow, room was made for more patients and currently, by adding beds and sofas where possible, staff estimate the total number is likely closer to 200.


[Stephanie Jenzer: "Ebola outbreak: Liberia's newest, largest treatment clinic already at capacity" (2014/09/29) on CBC]
So many Ebola victims are dying at home because of the severe shortage of treatment centers here in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, that they are infecting family members, neighbors and others in a ballooning circle of contagion.

Only 18 percent of Ebola patients in Liberia are being cared for in hospitals or other settings that reduce the risk of transmission by isolating them from the rest of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unless that rate reaches 70 percent, the center predicted this week, Ebola cases will keep soaring.



[NORIMITSU ONISHI: "In Liberia, Home Deaths Spread Circle of Ebola Contagion" (2014/09/24) on NYTimes]
Looking for a new approach to blunt the Ebola epidemic sweeping West Africa, the Liberian government, the World Health Organization and their nonprofit partners here are launching an ambitious but controversial program to move infected people out of their homes and into ad hoc centers that will provide rudimentary care, officials said Monday.


[Lenny Bernstein and Lena H. Sun: "New effort to fight Ebola in Liberia would move infected patients out of their homes" (2014/09/22) on WashingtonPost]
Faced with similar circumstances in neighboring Liberia, where even more people are dying from the disease, the American government said last month that it would ship 400,000 kits with gloves and disinfectant.

“The home kits are no substitute for getting people” to a treatment facility, said Sheldon Yett, the Unicef director for Liberia. “But the idea is to ensure that if somebody has to take care of somebody at home, they’re able to do so.”


ユニセフのリベリア担当のSheldon Yettは「ホームキットは、治療施設への収容に代わるものではない。しかし、これは自宅で看護せざるをえなくなったときに、それができるようにするものである。」

[ADAM NOSSITEROCT: "Officials Admit a ‘Defeat’ by Ebola in Sierra Leone" (2014/10/11) on NYTimes]

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