UN: WFP urges more humanitarian support for Ebola victims

New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin, on Thursday called on partners all over the world to work together to address the critical needs of those affected by the Ebola crisis.

A UN statement said Ms. Cousin made the call at the end of a three-day visit to Sierra Leone, where she participated in food distribution for quarantined families in Ebola affected Port Loko district in Sierra Leone.

She said that in support of unified efforts being carried out by the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), WFP had to date provided food assistance to 1.3 million people and was romping up services to the whole humanitarian effort in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

"What I have learned in Sierra Leone is that the international community has made a lot of progress in meeting the needs of the victims of this crisis. But we all have more work to do. We need to scale up, we need to get better, we need to perform faster," she stated.

The WFP chief said: "We need to ensure that everyone joins together today to make the difference that is required to stop the spread of this deadly disease."

Ms. Cousin also praised the courageous men and women battling the disease on the front lines.

"What we don’t hear about are the stories of the men and women who have worked to address the challenges of the crisis. They are the evidence that we can win this battle," Ms. Cousin added.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine provided evidence that supportive care, especially rehydration and correction of metabolic abnormalities, may contribute to patient survival.

WHO said the study analysed clinical data on 37 confirmed Ebola patients admitted for treatment at hospitals in Conakry, Guinea’s capital and most densely populated city.

It said one of the strongest determinants of survival appears to be patient age, noting that patients older than 40 years were nearly 3.5 times more likely to die than those aged less than 40.
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06 november 2014 20:06:21

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