Tuesday, 26 August 2014 - 6:54
UN envoy says 'war' on Ebola could take six more months
The UN's Ebola envoy said yesterday, that the fight against the epidemic was a "war" which could take 6 more months, as its global health body claimed the disease was affecting an "unprecedented" number of medical staff.
David Nabarro, a British physician the United Nations appointed to coordinate the global response to the crisis, was in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown for the fifth day of a tour of the region.
UN officials have pledged to step up efforts against the lethal tropical virus, which has infected more than 2,600 and killed 1,427 since the start of the year.
The World Health Organisation in fresh figures yesterday said more than 120 health workers across West Africa have died during the "unprecedented" outbreak, and more than 240 had been infected.