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DRC: UN calls for means to fight Ebola outbreak – Xinhua

NEW YORK (United Nations), May 8 (Xinhua) – UN Secretary General António Guterres on Wednesday urged Member States and partner organizations to ensure that bodies involved in the response to the Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has the means to eliminate the deadly disease.

The Ebola epidemic in the DRC is in the tenth month and has claimed more than 1,000 lives. The head of the UN expressed concern about the number of new Ebola cases in East Central Africa and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.

"Additional resources are needed at this critical time," Deputy Secretary-General Farhan Haq said in a statement.

During a visit to the DRC, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the end of April, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on the international community to close "the large funding gap" of the Ebola response in a safe context difficult and as the number cases.

The UN chief reiterated the support of the United Nations for the efforts to end the Ebola epidemic.

"Although major changes are taking place in the response, the Secretary-General has underlined his commitment to a collective UN-wide approach, both in Kinshasa, where the UN is led by its special representative (Leila Zerrougui, head of MONUSCO), only in the areas affected by the virus, where the response is led by the WHO, in close collaboration with Congolese leaders in Kinshasa and eastern DRC, "Haq said.

The Secretary General praised the courage of the security, health and humanitarian workers in the DRC who risked their lives in a difficult environment characterized by conflict and insecurity, including attacks on Ebola treatment centers and health facilities.

To date, Ebola response workers in the DRC have vaccinated more than 100,000 people and saved the lives of hundreds of people who have contracted the disease.

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