UN Confronts Deadly Ebola Epidemic
World leaders gathered at the United Nations heard dire warnings and desperate pleas for assistance, according to a press release. The deadly Ebola virus has forced Sierra Leone to quarantine a million people.
US President Barack Obama led the calls for a ramped up response to the growing West African outbreak. He also urged governments, businesses and international organization to join the fight.
Thereby, the Group of Seven nations announced that it would keep open vital air and sea links with Ebola-hit countries in West Africa.
"We are not doing enough" warned Obama. UN officials said a 20-fold surge in assistance is needed to come to grips with an outbreak that has killed close to 3,000 people.
"Right now, everybody has the best of intentions, but people are not putting the kinds of resources necessary to put a stop to this epidemic," he said, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
"Today, Ebola is winning," said Joanne Liu, president of the aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF), in the press release.
"The reality on the ground today is this: the promised surge has not yet delivered," she warned.
Canada and France have announced the contribution of $27 million dollars and 70 million euros for battling against the epidemic.