Obama urges more countries to contribute to fight against Ebola outbreak

Obama urges more countries to contribute to fight against Ebola outbreak
# 25 September 2014 22:52 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. The world is not doing enough to combat Ebola outbreak and more countries need to contribute critical assets and capabilities to contain the epidemic, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.
"In an era when regional crises can quickly become global threats, stopping Ebola is in the interests of the entire world," Obama said at a United Nations high-level meeting on Ebola, warning that this disease could cause a humanitarian catastrophe across West Africa.
He said aid from countries could include air transport, medical evacuation, health care workers, equipment, and treatment.
The President also called on international organizations to move faster and mobilize partners on the ground and encouraged more foundations and businesses to contribute to the fight through their own resources and expertise.
The United States has sent 3,000 military personnel to combat the Ebola virus in West Africa and set up a military command in Liberia to support civilian efforts across the region.
"Stopping Ebola is a priority for the United States," Obama said. "This must also be a priority for the world."
More than 2,800 people have been killed by outbreak of the Ebola virus, with the overwhelming majority of the deaths taking place in the three Western African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO warned on Tuesday that unless Ebola control measures in West Africa are enhanced quickly, more than 20,000 people will have been infected by early November.
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