It’s confirmed. Despite the latest efforts to contain the disease, Ebola has now claimed more than 7000 lives. Sierra Leone a West African country now holds the distinction of being the country worst hit by the virus, according to a World Health Organization report.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations (UN) is now in West Africa to observe firsthand what’s happening on those countries.
The total death toll has now risen to 7 373 from 6 900, based on the figures released by the WHO last Friday. These deaths were recorded on the three neighboring West African countries. Of the three, Sierra Leone is worst hit with an additional 392 mortality.
The latest deaths consist of confirmed deaths, presumed deaths, and deaths from unsubstantiated sources which include one in the United States, six in Mali, and eight in Nigeria.
There are now 19 031 cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia; up from 18 569
After visiting Liberia and Sierra Leone on Friday, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is now in Guinea, the country where the first cases of Ebola were recorded last March.
The UN secretary General had a meeting with President Alpha Conde. He brought up the condition in the southeast forest region and was very concerned about the continuing spread of Ebola, where the infection “seems to continue to grow”
Ban has called for Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Ivory Coast to cooperate in containing the infection there since the region is within their borders.
He urged all Guineans to commit themselves to eradicating Ebola, saying that the U.N. and its partners “are there to help you”.
In his speech, Ban encouraged all Guineans to dedicate themselves to wiping out Ebola. He pledged UN and its partners support by saying we “are there to help you”.
It has never been so important to work together,” he said.
According to the WHO, Guinea has 2 453 confirmed deaths and 1 550 cases.
The UN Secretary General was due in Mali yesterday evening.