United Nations: The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the Ebola crisis Thursday to find ways to scale up the global response to the epidemic, the US ambassador announced.
"It is crucial that council members discuss the status of the epidemic, confer on a coordinated international response and begin the process of marshalling our collective resources to stop the spread of the disease," US Ambassador Samantha Power said today.
The worst-ever outbreak of the deadly virus has killed more than 2,400 people in West Africa, with Liberia the region's hardest-hit country.
The UN is appealing for USD 600 million for supplies as part of a massive surge of aid, with countries asked to send doctors, nurses, beds, trucks, equipment and other vehicles to the affected nations.
The world body has set a goal of stopping the spread of Ebola within six to nine months but aid agencies are complaining that help is slow in reaching those in need.
"Our collective response to date has not been sufficient," said Power, whose country holds the presidency of the 15-member council this month.
"The situation on the ground is dire and is growing worse by the day."
The US envoy did not specify what action the council was planning, but diplomats said a resolution was being prepared that could call for specific measures.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is planning a "high-level event" on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly that opens next week to draw attention to the crisis and the need for action.