UN Ebola mission chief says Dec. 1 goals crucial
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the United Nations mission for Ebola response says the world must meet critical goals by Dec. 1 “or face an entirely unprecedented situation for which we don’t have a plan.”
Anthony Banbury told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that the current plan for fighting the deadly disease won’t be enough for the future crisis if the goals aren’t met.
He says that by Dec. 1, at least 70 percent of people infected should be in treatment and at least 70 percent of burials should occur without contamination.
Banbury also says he is “deeply, deeply worried” that efforts so far will not be enough.
The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that West Africa could face up to 10,000 new Ebola cases a week within two months.