UNGA committed to tackle Ebola outbreak

UNGA committed to tackle Ebola outbreak

UNGA committed to tackle Ebola outbreak

(New York) – As an Ebola outbreak of “unprecedented nature and scope” continues its spread through Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the United Nations General Assembly has underlined it strong commitment to responding to the emergency in a timely, effective and coordinated manner and to support the affected countries in tackling the virus.
“The time to act in a swift, coordinated and powerful manner is now,” General Assembly President, Sam Kutesa, told the 193-member body ahead of a vote on a resolution. “Without quick and decisive action, the trail of devastation this outbreak leaves behind will reach far beyond the portions of West Africa most affected up to now,” he added, stressing the Ebola is not a sub-regional or even regional calamity, but an international crisis.
The Ebola virus killed at least 2,500 people in West Africa and nearly twice that number have been infected, according to the UN World Health Organisation (WHO). The number of cases is doubling every three weeks. Women are particularly at risk given their roles as primary caregivers and community leaders. In Liberia, an estimated 75 per cent of fatalities are women, while in Sierra Leone, that number is around 59 per cent.
The Assembly unanimously agreed through its resolution to harness capabilities and competencies across the UN system in a single, unified structure to ensure a rapid, effective, efficient and coherent response to the crisis. The body’s decision comes a day after the Security Council passed its resolution which declared the Ebola virus outbreak a threat to peace and security.
On his part, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has announced the establishment of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to stop the outbreak, treat the infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent further outbreaks.
(Courtesy WAM)

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