UN Ebola envoy urges quick action to minimise death toll

The head of the United Nations` emergency Ebola mission said Wednesday he was "convinced" the epidemic would be brought under control but called for urgent action to limit the already heavy death toll.

AFP| Last Updated: Oct 09, 2014, 09:24 AM IST

Conakry: The head of the United Nations` emergency Ebola mission said Wednesday he was "convinced" the epidemic would be brought under control but called for urgent action to limit the already heavy death toll.

"We... have a great responsibility to act and to act quickly to end this crisis," Anthony Banbury told reporters in Guinea as he wrapped a tour of the country and its west African neighbours, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the three nations hit hardest by the epidemic.

Asked for an idea of how long it might take for the crisis to end, the chief of the UN Mission on Ebola Emergency Response said: "We do not have an exact time, but I am convinced that we can end this crisis."

"But the question is how many people will die before it reaches its end," he added.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak on record has infected more than 8,000 people since it emerged in Guinea at the start of the year, killing 3,865.