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Ebola outbreak crisis – Ban

From BRIAN MALAMA in New York, USA
UNITED Nations (UN) secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has described the Ebola outbreak in three West African countries as an unprecedented crisis.
Mr Ban said UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), which has been constituted to mobilise all resources needed to reinforce the work being done, arrived in Ghana on Monday.
He said this here yesterday when he officially opened the 69th UN General Assembly
“We need to isolate people affected by Ebola and  not nations struggling to cope with it,” Mr Ban said.
He said with leadership and solidarity, the UN can help the people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which are worst hit by the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).
“We must also fight the virus of fear of misinformation, ban on travel or transport will not keep Ebola from getting out, but will keep medical personnel and supplies from getting in,” Mr Ban said.
He is also concerned about the latest tragedy in Gaza where Palestinians and Israelis seem more polarised than ever before.
Mr Ban said if the UN and the world fail to save the two states, the situation will remain as permanent hostilities.
“The situation in Ukraine also remains volatile, In South Sudan, a struggle of political power has killed thousands and exposed millions to threat of famine. The Central African republic is fractured and traumatised,” Mr Ban said.
He said this year had been a terrible year for the principles enshrined in the UN Charter.
“From barrel of bombs to beheadings, from deliberate starvation of civilians to an assault on hospitals, UN shelters, aid convoys, human rights and rule of law are under attack,” Mr Ban said.



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