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WHO Health Ministers Agree to Action to End African Ebola Outbreak

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 03:59:15 +0000

Creatas/Thinkstock(ACCRA, Ghana) -- After an emergency ministerial meeting held by the World Health Organization ended on Thursday, health ministers agreeing to take action to end the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The ministers agreed that existing gaps and challenges remain in dealing with the Ebola outbreak. The WHO's Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo, said that the ministers would adopt "an inter-country strategy to tackle this outbreak," adding that "it's time for concrete action to put an end to the suffering and deaths."

The WHO will establish a Sub-Regional Control Center in Guinea to coordinate, consolidate and harmonize all actions. Nations affected will also be advised to convene national inter-sectoral meetings, mobilize community, religious and political leaders to improve awareness, deploy resources to hot spots and commit additional domestic financial resources to help resolve the problem.

WHO partners are also urged to continue providing technical and financial support to effectively coordinate the international response.

Since March, the outbreak has killed at least 390 of the more than 600 people it has infected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the WHO.

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