UN Chief welcomes US pledge to assist in Ebola global response

17 Sep 2014

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A sign outside the Monrovia City Corporation in Liberia aims at preventing the spread of Ebola. Photo: UNMIL

The United States Government has pledged to provide a range of measures to assist in the global response to the Ebola Virus Disease, a move which has been warmly welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.

As of 13 September, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports there are over 4,900 probable cases of Ebola and more than 2,400 deaths mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The US measures include the building and staffing of Ebola Treatment Units, the provision of personnel with expertise in logistics, training, and engineering.

The US has also agreed to help with continued humanitarian assistance for community health care.

Meanwhile, Ban Ki-moon called on the international community “to be as bold and courageous” in its response as those who are on the frontlines fighting this disease.

WHO has described the Ebola epidemic in West Africa as “unprecedented” and has requested 1 billion dollars to bring the outbreak under control.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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