Updated on 17 September 2014
Global countries must support Africa to emerge from this crisis: World Bank
Singapore: It has been four months now, and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is still making headlines. The UN humanitarian chief, Ms Valerie Amos has warned that the virus could infect more 20,000, and this will further cause a huge financial crisis in the affected nations.
Stating that the current epidemic is a major humanitarian crisis, Ms Amos emphasized that nations across the globe should contribute to solve the huge funding challenge. She warned, "The capacity of worst-hit Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia to provide even the most basic necessities is on the brink of collapse."
US President Mr Barack Obama announced that the country would deploy 3000 personnel to train 500 healthcare workers in Liberia every week. Mr Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank said, "All major countries must come forward to help West Africa emerge from this crisis."
According to the WHO, the epidemic had so far claimed 2,461 lives out of the 4,985 infected cases. In response to the crisis, the Chinese government declared that the country will send a 59-member team consisting epidemiologists, clinicians and nurses to Sierra Leone.
WHO said it would reconvene its emergency committee in Geneva this week to consider further measures, while the UN Security Council has also scheduled an emergency session to discuss ways to ramp up the global response.