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World Bank Chief appeals for volunteers

From: BBC
World Bank  Jim Yong Kim
World Bank Jim Yong Kim

(elbcradio/Liberia/Oct. 28, 2014)-The President of the World Bank has made an emotional appeal for thousands of medical workers to volunteer and help contain the growing Ebola outbreak.

The BBC quotes Jim Yong Kim as saying at least 5,000 medics and support staffers are needed to eradicate the disease. Many potential recruits were too scared to travel to West Africa, he added.

The current Ebola outbreak has infected more than 10,000 people and killed nearly 5,000, according to the BBC.

Mr. Kim was speaking recently during a visit to Ethiopia, where he accompanied UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and African Union Chairwoman, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

"Right now, I'm very much worried about where we will find those health care workers," he said.

With the fear-factor going out of control in so many places, “I hope health care professionals will understand that when they took oath to become health care workers, it was precisely for moments like this.”

Health workers arrived to pick up the body of a young victim in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Mr. Ban said transmission rates in West Africa continued to outstrip the pace of the international response. He added that imposing travel restrictions to affected countries would severely curtail efforts to contain the disease.

Meanwhile, in the US, a Dallas nurse, who contracted Ebola on American soil, was due to be discharged from hospital Tuesday, October 28, 2014 after being declared free of the virus.

Amber Vinson was one of two nurses who cared for a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, in a Texas hospital. Duncan, who had travelled to the US from West Africa, died on 8 October.

The second nurse, Nina Pham, was declared virus-free last week.


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