The UN’s head of Ebola response team has warned that international efforts to stop the spread of the virus are inadequate.
Speaking on a video link Anthony Banbury told members of the 15-member Security Council that the best way to protect people globally was to stop Ebola in the countries which are worst affected.
“I am grateful for the commitments by member states of their civilian and military personnel, of material and of money but I am deeply, deeply worried that all of this combined is not nearly enough to stop Ebola.” Banbury added:
“The best way, the very best way to protect the people of non-infected countries is by helping the people of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to stop Ebola now where it is.”
Latest projections from the World Health Organisation show there could be between 5,000 and 10,000 new cases a week by early December in West Africa if action isn’t taken.
The death toll so far from the outbreak, first reported in Guinea in March, has reached 4,447 from 8,914 cases.
Meanwhile the condition of an infected Dallas nurse is said to be improving.
But the spread of the virus has prompted President Barack Obama is to consult with European leaders on Wednesday by a video conference link.
He is also expected to ask Madrid where another infected nurse is stable, if the US can use its military bases there to fly troops to help West Africa in the battle against Ebola.