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EU's Ebola crisis czar to visit west Africa

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EU's Ebola crisis czar to visit west Africa


The EU’s new Ebola response czar will visit the affected region of west Africa next month.

Christos Stylianides said he would likely visit those countries in the second week of November.

He added that the EU would also increase the number of beds that it will donate.

“We also need more beds, from 1000 at present to 5000 as soon as possible. every bed requires 8 health and support staff, this means we need to mobilise immediately at least 40.000 staff,” he told reporters in Brussels.

The EU has been criticised for its slow response to the crisis.

Even the incoming Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said last week Europe only took notice when the disease affected its nationals.

But EU officials say there will be more flights delivering Ebola-fighting equipment within the next weeks.

“Our German friends are equipping a Lufthansa plane with isolation tents inside. I know the Danish are ready to do the same thing. It’s almost done. Our friends from Luxembourg are currently building equipment that could be put on a plane.“said Claus Sørensen, director-general for humanitarian aid at the European Commission.

The EU and its 28 member states pledged last Friday to boost its Ebola aid fund to one billion euros.

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