UN seeks improved response vs Ebola

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UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene a leaders gathering in New York City for the upcoming high-level segment of this year’s United Nations General Assembly to highlight the urgent needs and required response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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The UN World Health Organization (WHO), meanwhile, on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) said the number of cases topped 4,200, and reported that thousands of new cases are expected in Liberia over the coming three weeks.

“Conventional Ebola control interventions are not having an adequate impact in Liberia,” WHO said in an update on Liberia issued on Monday, “though they appear to be working elsewhere in areas of limited transmission, most notably in Nigeria, Senegal, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

In a new update, WHO said that as of September 6, 4,269 cases and 2,288 deaths have been reported in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In Nigeria, there have been 21 cases and 8 deaths. In Senegal, one case has been confirmed.

Meanwhile, at the UN Headquarters, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Liberia, Karin Landgren, briefed the Security Council on Tuesday, warning that the Ebola crisis has become complex, with political, security, economic and social implications that will continue to affect the country well beyond the current medical emergency.

Landgren added that Liberians are now facing the gravest threat since the war—one that would challenge any Government or society.

Ban spoke on Monday with US President Barack Obama and discussed the need to urgently scale up international efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said.

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