UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday urged member states and partner organizations to ensure that the agencies involved in the response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have the resources necessary to eliminate the deadly disease.
The Ebola epidemic in the DRC is in the tenth month and takes more than 1,000 lives. The UN chief expressed concern about the number of new Ebola cases in eastern central Africa and expressed condolences to the victims' families.
"At this critical juncture, additional resources are needed," Deputy Secretary-General Farhan Huck said in a statement.
A visit to the DRC in late April, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedes Adhan Ghebries, called on the international community to "close the big financial gap" to Ebola response in a safe context difficult and as the number of cases are increases.
The UN chief confirmed the United Nations's support for efforts to end the Ebola epidemic.
"While significant changes are taking place in the response, the Secretary General stressed his commitment to the UN's collective approach, both in Kinshasa, where the UN is headed by his special representative (Leila Zeruggi, head of UNONCO) only in areas affected by the virus the response is led by the WHO, in close contact with the Congolese leaders in Kinshasa and the eastern DRC, "Huck said.
The Secretary General praised the courage of the security, health and humanitarian workers present in the DRC, who risked their lives in a difficult environment marked by conflict and uncertainty, including attacks on Ebola treatment centers and health facilities.
To date, Ebola response staff in the DRC have vaccinated more than 100,000 people and saved the lives of hundreds of people who have contracted the disease. F
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