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Asia 'must do more' to fight Ebola, says World Bank group president

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Asia 'must do more' to fight Ebola, says World Bank group president
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Asian countries are not doing enough to fight Ebola, that is the conclusion of World Bank group president Jim Yong Kim.

The virus has killed more than 5,000 people mostly in West Africa. Thousands of health care workers are needed to stem the tide of the outbreak.

“But many countries in Asia that could help simply are not, especially when it comes to sending health workers,” said Kim. “I call on countries across Asia to offer trained health workers now to help stop Ebola at its source.”

Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are the countries worst affected by Ebola and experts say new cases could reach up to 10,000 per week by December.

The EU has promised more than 500 million euros, and the US sent thousands of troops as well as almost one billion euros, while China, Africa’s largest trade partner, lags behind with an offer of 98 million euros and hundreds of medical staff.

Some Asian countries have introduced stricter border controls, which Kim likened to being inside a smoke-filled room in a burning house and only putting “wet towels under the door”.

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