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Ban Ki-Moon approves creation of UN Mission in response to Ebola outbreak

18/09/2014 18:53
UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on Thursday, approved the creation of a UN Mission to respond to the Ebola disease epidemic and its consequences.
Ban announced the creation of the Mission while outlining an international action plan against the virus to the Security Council in New York.
He said, "The situation remains extremely serious.''
According to the latest figures from the World Health Organisation, he said the total number of cases in West Africa is 5,335 with 2,622 deaths.
In Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, he said there is an increase in demand for Ebola Treatment Centre beds .
In Monrovia alone, 1,210 beds are required and the current capacity stands at only 240 beds, while in Sierra Leone, there are currently 165 beds for patients with Ebola, meeting just 25 per cent of the actual national demand.
In a related development, the World Food Programme announced that it will receive $21.7m from the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development to support the increasing need for food assistance in the three countries most affected by the Ebola.
The WFP announced this in a statement in New York.
It stated that the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs had just deployed a Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team to Liberia for an initial period of four weeks to provide support to national authorities and to the humanitarian system working in the country.
Source - NAN

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