Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Obama Pledges 3,000 Troops to Halt Spread of Ebola in West Africa

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Obama Pledges 3,000 Troops to Halt Spread of Ebola in West Africa

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Byline: Rashid Razaq

BARACK OBAMA was today set to announce plans to send 3,000 American troops to Liberia to help combat the spread of the Ebola virus. The US military will build 17 treatment centres, train thousands of healthcare workers, and establish a control centre in the Liberian capital Monrovia to co-ordinate efforts across West Africa, said senior officials.

More than 2,400 people have died in the outbreak so far, half of them in Liberia. Sierra Leone and Guinea have also been badly affected and the World Health Organization has warned there could be thousands more cases.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs was meeting in Geneva today to discuss the international response to the crisis.

More than 100 experts, mostly from the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, are already in the region in an effort to prevent, detect and halt the virus's spread.

Under the new US plans up to 500 healthcare workers will be trained a week and medical kits distributed to thousands of households. …

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