Ebola Traps Painkiller Shipment as Economies Unravel


From his office in the Ghanaian coastal city of Tema, Mark Owiredu has an up-close view of how Ebola is ravaging the economies of poorer African nations to the west.

Since the outbreak of the disease was identified nine months ago, Owiredu, the general manager for manufacturing of Ernest Chemists Ltd., has seen orders worth as much as $880,000 annually from Sierra Leone and Liberia all but evaporate. With flights into the worst-affected countries canceled, Ernest, whose products include cough medicines and painkillers, is now looking to larger markets such as Nigeria to fill the gap… (read more)