The UN official in charge of responding to the outbreak of the deadly virus has warned that The Ebola virus is “winning the race” and the international response to the crisis “is not nearly enough”.
“Ebola got a head start on us, is far ahead of us, is running faster than us and is winning the race”, Anthony Banbury told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
The World Health Organisation confirms that the pace of infections accelerating in West Africa is alarming, as many as 10,000 new cases per week has been recorded within two months.
Mr Banbury said the global response to the Ebola crisis must meet critical goals by 1 December “or face an entirely unprecedented situation for which we don’t have a plan”. By that date, the world must ensure that at least 70 per cent of people infected are in treatment and at least 70 per cent of burials occur without contamination,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister, David Cameron will be speaking with US president Barack Obama, as well as the leaders of Germany, France and Italy, about international efforts to counter the outbreak in a conference call later on Wednesday.
In Recent times, not less than 4,440 people have died from Ebola, mainly in the worst affected areas of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.