The President of the United State of America, Barack Obama, has said that the world has not done well enough to tackle the Ebola outbreak that has almost gone beyond control in some West African countries.
Obama made the statement while addressing a high-level United Nations meeting on the dreaded disease, stressing that a wide gap still exist between where the world is and where it ought to be.
US health officials have called for concerted efforts against the disease, as they also warned that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by middle of January 2015.
The director of the World Health Organisation, WHO, who also spoke at the Ebola meeting, warned that the outbreak would likely get worse before it can get better.
“The virus is still running ahead, jumping over everything we put in place to slow it down”. She said.
President Obama has dispatched 3,000 US troops to Liberia to set up facilities and form training teams to help in the fight against Ebola and also assist to treat victims of the disease, stressing that the US does not possess the power to fight the epidemic alone.
Politicians in the US Congress on Thursday approved the use of leftover Afghanistan war money to start funding Obama’s $1bn request to help fight the Ebola outbreak.
The Ebola crisis in West Africa is the worst and largest ever outbreak, with more than 6,200 people believed to have been infected, half of who have died from the disease.