UN: UN official says global response to Ebola crisis a success

New York, US (PANA) - The global response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa has succeeded in turning the crisis around, according to the Head of the UN Ebola mission, UNMEER, Mr. Anthony Banbury said on Monday.

In a brief statement obtained by PANA in New York, Mr. Banbury, described the UN's response over the last 60 days as "extremely successful", while giving thanks to a collaborative international effort in checking the spread of the Ebola virus.

The statement said the UN official, who spoke in Freetown, Sierra Leone, alongside Mr. David Nabarro, the UN System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease, however, said the response should be adjusted as the outbreak evolved.

"Where intensity of transmission is high, the emphasis is on community mobilization, treatment centres, safe burials, and essential services for those in need, all of which are absolutely necessary when the outbreak is ahead of the response," he noted.

He added that as the response caught up with the outbreak, it was becoming what he called "more and more nimble and flexible", adapting to the needs of Ebola victims.

The latest report of World Health Organisation (WHO) puts the death toll from the Ebola outbreak at 6,928, mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three West African countries at the epicentre of the disease.
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01 december 2014 20:00:21

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