The World Health Organization has said that it might take almost $1 billion to successfully contain the disease
The struggle to contain and end the current Ebola outbreak might cost $1 billion, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
The organization has predicted, via a report released today, September 16, 2014, spending of about $987.8 million which would be used to pay health workers, buy supplies, tracing infected people, pay burial teams and buy body bags among other things.
Assistant Director General of the WHO, Bruce Aylward reportedly said at a news conference in Geneva:
“Quite frankly, ladies and gentlemen, this health crisis we're facing is unparalleled in modern times,” “We don't know where the numbers are going on this.”
Joanne Liu , the President of Medecins Sans Frontieres aka Doctors Without Borders, said at a meeting of the United Nations in Geneva:
"The response to Ebola continues to fall dangerously behind," "The window of opportunity to contain this outbreak is closing. We need more countries to stand up, we need greater deployment, and we need it now."
Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama is set to increase the country’s contribution to the Ebola fight by sending 3000 troops to Liberia while Canada will donate $2.5 million worth of protective equipment to the WHO.