UN: Ban hopeful of end to Ebola outbreak by mid-2015

New York, US (PAN) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said by continuing to scale up the global fight against Ebola, there is hope the outbreak could be contained by mid-2015.

Ban, however, said that results to date are still uneven, and announced that the organisation’s
top health officials will head to Mali, where the situation is still a cause of "deep concern."

"There has been some welcome progress. Where the Ebola response strategy is implemented,
the rate of new cases appears to be slowing. We are seeing the curve bending in enough places to give us hope. If we continue to accelerate our response, we can contain and end the outbreak by the middle of next year," he said.

In a statement issued late Friday following a meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board
for Coordination (CEB) held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC, the UN chief
said he had also asked the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to set up
an office in Mali, "where the new chain of transmission is a cause of deep concern."

"The United Nations system will continue to scale up our response until the very last case of Ebola is identified and treated," Ban said. "The rate of transmission continues to increase in too many places."

He also made an urgent appeal for more resources in order to check its spread, as well as ensure that the virus is completely wiped out, saying "We need more international
responders – trained medical teams and volunteer health workers – especially in remote
districts."

PANA reports that the CEB, made up of 29 Executive Heads of UN Funds and Programmes and specialised agencies, held the meeting to discuss ways to jointly tackle the Ebola outbreak.
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