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#UNSG Ban Ki Moon appoints Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease

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  • Ban Ki Moon calls the world to avoid Panic &Fear

New York- World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that the death toll has surpassed 1,000, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon names DR David Nabarro to coordinate contribution to the global effort to control the outbreak of Ebola.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which the World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency of international concern, is slowly spreading to various states of Africa.

Three steps are especially urgent:

First, addressing the severe lack of capacity in the most severely affected countries.  Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have only recently returned to political stability following years of conflict that destroyed or disabled their health systems.  I urge the international community to respond urgently to the shortage of doctors, nurses and equipment, including protective clothing and isolation tents. We need all hands on deck.

Second, a coordinated international response is essential.  I remain in close touch with Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO.  In the days ahead, the UN system will further strengthen the way we are dealing with the outbreak.

To that end, in close coordination with Dr. Margaret Chan of WHO, I have designated Dr. David Nabarro as Senior United Nations System Coordinator for Ebola Virus Disease.  Dr. Nabarro will be responsible for ensuring that the United Nations system makes an effective and coordinated contribution to the global effort to control the outbreak of Ebola.

Third, we need to avoid panic and fear.  Ebola can be prevented.  With resources, knowledge, early action and will, people can survive the disease.  Ebola has been successfully brought under control elsewhere, and we can do it here too.

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