Obama, Ban urge robust action to fight Ebola

The Ebola virus has already killed more than 4,000 people, most in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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President Barack Obama spoke Monday with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about the need for more a “robust” international effort to fight the deadly Ebola epidemic gripping West Africa, Agence France Presse reported.

Both leaders called for “more robust commitments and rapid delivery of assistance by the international community,” the White House said in a statement.

“Both leaders agreed that, given the threat posed by Ebola, at this crucial juncture members of the international community must redouble their resolve and commitment,” the statement added.

Obama also called on member states to “support the U.N. appeal and to provide the personnel, equipment and supplies required to stop the epidemic at its source.”

National security

Also on Monday, Obama huddled with his national security and health policy teams on the Ebola epidemic.

They met “to receive an update on the response to the diagnosis of a second Ebola case in Dallas, Texas.

The president was briefed on the status of the investigation into the apparent breach in infection control protocols at the Dallas hospital and remedial actions underway to mitigate similar breaches in the future,” a White House statement read.

The president also said “that this investigation should proceed as expeditiously as possible and that lessons learned should be integrated into future response plans and disseminated to hospitals and healthcare workers nationwide,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, Obama and French President Francois Hollande said that treatment centers are urgently required in the worst-affected countries in west Africa.

The two leaders added that all international partners have a role to play in stemming the epidemic.

The Ebola virus has already killed more than 4,000 people, most in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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