Ban welcomes U.S. government’s measures to fight Ebola

UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, has commended the United States government’s plan to provide a range of measures to assist in the global response to Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.

This is contained in a statement by Mr. Ki-Moon’s spokesperson, Stephane DuJarric.

The measures include building and staffing of Ebola Treatment Units, ETUs; provision of personnel with expertise in logistics, training and engineering, as well as continued humanitarian assistance for community health care.

The UN Secretary-General called on the international community to be as bold and courageous in its response as those who are on the frontlines fighting this disease.

“Ebola Virus Disease is not just a health crisis. It has grave humanitarian, economic and social consequences that could spread far beyond the affected countries,” Mr. Ki-Moon was quoted as saying.

He said the United Nations is determined to accelerate action and meet the test of international cooperation and solidarity.

The US government is setting up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia.

The Command will provide regional command and control support to US military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts.

A general from US Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command, will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 US forces.

The US Africa Command will establish a regional intermediate staging base (ISB) to facilitate and expedite the transportation of equipment, supplies and personnel.

Many of the U.S. forces taking part in the response will be stationed at the ISB.

The Command would also coordinate engineers to build additional ETUs in affected areas while the U.S. government would help to recruit and organise medical personnel to staff them.

In addition, the Command would establish a site to train up to 500 health care providers per week to enable healthcare workers to safely provide direct medical care to patients.

The U.S. government will also deploy 65 Commissioned Corps officers to Liberia to manage and staff a previously announced Department of Defence Hospital.

The hospital will provide care for healthcare

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