5,000 Ebola health workers needed in West Africa

Oct 28, 2014 6:48 AM by Cheryl Wengren

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - The president of the World Bank says that Ebola-effected countries in West Africa need at least 5,000 more health workers to effectively fight the epidemic.

Jim Yong Kim says he's worried about where those health care workers can be found given the widespread fear of Ebola. The World Bank president spoke alongside U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and African Union Chairwoman.

Ban says the transmission of the virus continues to outpace the international community's response. He's appealing to the African Union's 54 member states not to impose Ebola-related travel restrictions or close their borders.

African Union states have pledged to send more than 2,000 health care workers to West Africa.


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