The deadly Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa and menacing Western economies has the potential to become "the definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation," Oxfam warned on Saturday, according to a report in The Guardian.
The international anti-poverty group issued a bleak call for more support from developed countries to fight the deadly virus, currently laying waste to the populations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gunea. The World Health Organization is warning the current outbreak, the worst Ebola epidemic world has ever seen, could grow to as many as 10,000 new west African cases per week by year's end.
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The Guardian reported that Oxfam is issuing a triple plea for troops, funding and medical staff to keep the virus from spreading further. Troops are needed to build treatment centers, as well as provide key support, Oxfam said, according to the publication.
The organization says the failure to commit troops and resources "were in danger of costing lives." More doctors and nurses are needed for treatment centers amid a shortfall in money devoted to supporting the emergency humanitarian response, the report said, citing Oxfam.
Mark Goldring, Oxfam's CEO, was quoted in The Guardian as saying that world governments were "in the eye of a storm. We cannot allow Ebola to immobilise us in fear, but instead we must move toward a common mission to stop it from getting worse."
Read The Guardian's full report here.