Ban pledges UN support in tour of Ebola-hit West Africa

UN chief Ban Ki-moon (R) reviews the troops with Liberian Vice President Joseph Boakai after arriving at the Monrovia airport, on December 19, 2014, on the first stop of a visit to Ebola-ravaged west African countriesUN chief Ban Ki-moon on Friday pledged support for Ebola-ravaged countries seeking to end the world’s worst outbreak of the virus and rebuild their health systems as he began a tour of the three hardest-hit nations. With the UN having faced criticism for an allegedly slow response to the virus, Ban started the tour in Liberia, the worst-hit country, after flying in from Ghana, where the UN Ebola mission is headquartered. “Today we have reason to be cautiously optimistic that this terrible outbreak can be defeated,” Ban said at a joint press conference with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. “The spread of the virus is slowing down in Liberia.

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