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ETHIOPIA: 5,000 Workers Needed to Fight Ebola, World Bank says

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ADDIS ABABA, NOVEMBER 14, 2014(CISA) – Jim Yong Kim the president of the World Bank has said that Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia need at least 5,000 more health workers to effectively fight the Ebola epidemic.

Jim spoke alongside Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, African Union (AU) chairperson, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – AU headquarters.

He said that he “is worried about where those health workers can be found given the widespread fear of Ebola” and added that quarantining health workers returning to their home countries could also hurt recruitment efforts, reported Reuters.

Dlamini-Zuma said AU states had pledged to send more than 2,000 health workers to West Africa.

On his part, Ban Ki-moon said the transmission of the virus continues to outpace the international community’s response and appealed to the AU’s 54 member states not to impose Ebola-related travel restrictions or close their borders. Some already have.

In recent months governments and aid groups have stepped up Ebola aid, but the UN says more support is needed.

On Wednesday November 12, World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa’s three hardest-hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, has increased to 5,147 out of 14,068 cases at the end of November 9.

According to WHO, a further 13 deaths and 30 cases have been recorded in five other countries – Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Spain and the United States.

“There is some evidence that case incidence is no longer increasing nationally in Guinea and Liberia, but steep increases persist in Sierra Leone,” WHO said in a statement adding. “Cases and deaths continue to be under-reported in this outbreak.”

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