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World Bank against premature Ebola-free declaration

Moses Wenyou/Joseph T. Koon

(elbcradio,com/April 16, 2015)-A World Bank report says it is premature to declare any Ebola-affected country free despite substantial progress made against the Ebola epidemic.

The Bank’s authorities said: “Such declaration will only be done until there are zero cases of Ebola in any of the Ebola- affected countries.”

“The Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone grossly highlighted pre-existing weaknesses in the health systems of the three most affected countries,” the report said.

A study released by the World Bank in January estimated that the three hardest-hit countries will lose at least US$1.6 billion  in economic growth this year.

The Bank also estimated that social costs in terms of nutrition, health and education are equally severe.

Meanwhile, the World Bank Group has mobilized about one billion dollars in financing for the three countries hardest hit by Ebola.

Currently, Presidents-Sirleaf, Conde and Koroma of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, are attending a World Bank-sponsored meeting on the implementation of their post-Ebola Reconstruction Plans.


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