The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reiterated its continued support towards defeating the deadly Ebola virus which has killed more than 10,000 people since its outbreak.
On the sidelines of the annual African Ministers of Planning, Economy and Finance Conference jointly organised by the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa held in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, a session was convened on Sunday to deliberate on Ebola under the theme "Ebola: towards the recovery of the most affected countries".
Chairing the meeting, Matshidiso Rebcca Moeti, WHO's Director for Africa, said that the epidemic has had a huge negative impact of multi-dimensions in the three most-affected countries Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, Xinhua. As the countries are determined to reach the mark of zero casualties, Moeti emphasized the need to have continued support from the international community until the epidemic is defeated.
"First of all, the countries are determined to get to zero. We have to stop the epidemic and we would like the support to continue until we reach that," she said. There is a need for immediate recovery in health services, to restart education and to make sure that small business recover, she added.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the longest, largest, deadliest, and the most complex in history, a report by the UN Development Group said. As of February 11, 2015, there were about 22,859 Ebola cases and a total of 9,162 deaths, the report added.