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Ebola: Ban to convene high-level meeting at UN headquarters to scale-up response

10 September 2014, 07:57

United Nations - The UN will convene a meeting of leaders in New York for the upcoming high-level segment of 2014 United Nations General Assembly to scale-up response to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

Notice of the meeting was made known by the Spokesman to the UN Secretary-General, Stephane DuJarric, on Tuesday in New York.

DuJarric said the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, spoke on Monday with U.S. President, Barack Obama, and discussed the need to urgently scale-up international efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The spokesman said the secretary-general had been making series of calls to key countries and organisations to garner more support for countries affected by the disease.

In another development, the spokesman said the UN World Health Organisation (WHO), on Tuesday, said the number of cases topped 4 200, while thousands of new cases were expected in Liberia over the coming three weeks.

Also Read: Liberia president urges more international help fighting Ebola

DuJarric said according to WHO, as of September 6, 4 269 cases and 2 288 deaths had been reported in the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

WHO said there had been 21 cases and 8 deaths in Nigeria, with one case confirmed in Senegal.

Meanwhile, at UN Headquarters, the spokesperson said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Liberia, Karin Landgren, had briefed the Security Council on the issue.

She warned that the Ebola crisis had become complex, with political, security, economic and social implications that would continue to affect the countries well beyond the current medical emergency.

Also, the Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, is scheduled to travel to Liberia from September 11 to September 12.

During the visit, he is expected to hold meetings with national authorities and UN mission (UNMIL) personnel to discuss how the UN Peacekeeping efforts can further support the fight against Ebola in Liberia.

-    NAN


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