UN health agency convenes first emergency meeting on Ebola

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A health-care worker takes recommended protective measures from Ebola. (WHO video capture)

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday convened the first two-day meeting of its emergency committee to discuss the outbreak of the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever in West Africa.

According to the agency, the number of Ebola cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria stands at 1, 711 including 932 deaths.

WHO Spokesperson, Fadela Chaib says the chain of transmission of Ebola is not broken and more cases are being discovered.

Ms. Chaib stresses the need to mobilize, human, financial and logistical resources to help the West African countries to deal with the deadly disease.

"It is the first time that we are convening an emergency committee under the international health regulations for Ebola to see if the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa constitutes a public health emergency of international concern and if it does to recommend appropriate temporary measures to reduce international spread."(22")

Ms. Chaib said it is very important also to remember that the core principle of the international health regulations is the need to balance public health concerns with those relating to trade and travel.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

Duration: 1’42″

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