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Liberia warns Ebola aid 'too slow'

Thursday, October 09, 2014 - 01:41

Liberia's president says aid to fight the Ebola epidemic is arriving too slowly as calls grow for greater international efforts to fight it. Paul Chapman reports.

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This is a new medical centre for Ebola victims under construction in Liberia, the West African country worst affected by the current epidemic. Its President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says they're glad of international help but it's coming too slowly. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LIBERIAN PRESIDENT ELLEN SIRLEAF JOHNSON SAYING: "We just need to see a little bit faster action, that's all. But certainly, in terns of resources, both human and financial as well as material, I think the response is well appreciated and is very good. We would like to speed it up." Latest figures from the World Health Organisation now put the number of dead at nearly 3,900. The United Nations Special Envoy on Ebola says it's a World crisis, not just West Africa's. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL ENVOY ON EBOLA, DR DAVID NABARRO, SAYING: "It has the capacity to go anywhere in the world and it has the capacity to cause illness anywhere in the world. That's why it's really important that the whole world comes behind the affected countries and helps them as quickly as possible." The U.S. has announced a 3,000-strong military mission to build treatment centres and train staff in the stricken areas. Britain on Wednesday said it was now sending 750 troops, aircraft and a naval vessel to help fight the epidemic. Aid organisations are also providing funds for clinics, medical equipment and supplies. Here in Sierra Leone on Wednesday there was further good news. Burial teams who collect and inter the highly infectious bodies of victims ended their strike over unpaid risk allowance.

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Liberia warns Ebola aid 'too slow'

Thursday, October 09, 2014 - 01:41