Lack of Capacity vs. Lack of Trust
One of the major problems during the outbreak was the lack of capacity. With only 30% of the required capacity available, many of the contagious incoming patients had to go back to their communities, thereby infecting others which made the outbreak harder to control, and increased the mortality rate. In addition, patients with other diseases weren’t be able to get treatment.
Even though the majority of the treatment centers didn’t have enought capacity for more people, two-thirds of the 696 beds in Liberia’s Ebola Treatment Centers were empty in November 2014 due to the lack of trust by the community in their health system, in western medicine and also in the existence of the virus itself.