Ebola Epidemic: West Africa Just 60-Days Away From ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ – UK...

Ebola Epidemic: West Africa Just 60-Days Away From ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ – UK Aid Group Warns

By Eseme MacDonald | Associate Editor on October 30, 2014
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While launching an appeal aimed at securing funds worth millions of pounds to help fight the Ebola Virus, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) warns that West Africa is 60 days away from a “humanitarian catastrophe.”

 According to DEC’s chief executive, Saleh Saeed, “In its 50-year history the DEC has launched appeals for humanitarian disasters caused by floods, famines, earthquake, typhoons, and countless conflicts. We have never run an appeal in response to a disease outbreak – until today,” said the DEC’s chief executive Saleh Saeed. “In West Africa we are seeing a disease create not just a medical crisis but a humanitarian emergency. Without urgent action to stop the spread of Ebola and to help those affected by the crisis, parts of West Africa face catastrophe within 60 days.”

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon on Monday, October 27, 2014, said that the rate at which the the dreaded virus is spread has overgrown the response by international community notwithstanding constant warning that the failure to control Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea could result in higher death records running into tens of thousands.

The World Bank’s president Jim Yong Kim also disclosed the three affected countries needed 5,000 more doctors.

Below is a video displaying the UN General secreatary calling out for radical approach to eradicate the virus entirely from West Africa.

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