Suffering and spill over effects of Ebola demands global attention: Ban

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Security Council meeting: Peace and security in Africa, Ebola. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The suffering and spill over effects of Ebola in the West African region and beyond demands the attention of the entire world.

The Secretary-General made the appeal before the Security Council as he announced the creation of a UN Mission, UNMEER, to respond to the epidemic and its consequences.

In Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, increases in demand for Ebola Treatment Centre beds are continuing to outstrip capacity.

According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization, the total number of cases in West Africa is over 5,000 with more than 2,000 deaths.

Outlining an international response plan to the virus, Mr Ban Ki-moon said Thursday's session was "timely and clearly warranted".

"The spread of the disease is outpacing the response. No single government can manage the crisis on its own. The United Nations cannot do it alone. This unprecedented situation requires unprecedented steps to save lives and safeguard peace and security."

A resolution to expand the global Ebola response was adopted unanimously by all 15 members of the Security Council.

Only twice before has the Council met to discuss the security implications of a public health issue.

Both times the focus was on the AIDS epidemic.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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