Ebola in West Africa: UN emphasises the need for ramping up recovery process

The Ebola outbreak has hit Western Africa hard, and the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon has called for speeding up the recovery process. According to a Xinhua report , after his recent visit to Ebola affected regions in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone and Ghana, Ban said that progress was being made to contain the transmission of the virus in many places, while speaking to the reporters from the UN headquarters. We must step up recovery efforts now, he noted, adding that he has asked the UN system, led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), to plan a recovery for the region. (Read: Ebola in West Africa: Ebola toll nears 7,000 in West Africa)

That means restoring essential services, getting children back in school, getting people back to work, rebuilding shattered economies and caring for thousands of orphans, the UN secretary-general said. He also highlighted the importance of early warning and rapid response systems that the international communities need in case of emergency. I intend to engage the member states in a serious effort to explore what more we can do to stay ahead of the next outbreak of disease -- a test that is sure to come, he said. The countries affected by Ebola need more human resources such as health workers, equipment and logistical support. (Read: Ebola & jihadis major threats to economic progress & political stability in Africa)

A public fundraising campaign has been planned to raise funds to fight Ebola by UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) with the help of Tencent, one of the world s largest internet companies, Ban s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric informed. WFP s emergency operations to meet basic food and nutrition needs of the affected communities in the worst Ebola hit countries -Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea will be taken care of by the funds raised by this campaign. (Read: Ebola in West Africa: 3 factors of IMF policies that weakened Ebola response)

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A total of 6915 deaths and 18603 confirmed cases of infection by the Ebola virus have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and the US and three previously affected countries of Nigeria, Senegal and Spain as per World Health Organisation (WHO).

With inputs from IANS

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