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World Bank makes $100m pledge to fighting Ebola

About 900 British medics have volunteered to come to Africa, while the AU has pledged 2,000 people.

FILE:A Sierra Leone health worker takes the temperature of a man at a checkpoint in Port Loko district one of the hardest hit areas due to the Ebola virus Sierra Leone 25 October 2014. Picture: EPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The World Bank will pour $100 million into increasing the number of foreign health workers heading for West Africa to care for people with Ebola.

Treatment centres are being built in the three worst affected countries in the region.

The United Nations maintains foreign health workers are needed among the 5,000 international personnel fighting Ebola in Guine, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

About 900 British medics have volunteered to go to Africa, while the African Union has pledged 2,000 people.

But this isnt enough as the deadly disease continues to ravage the region, with many cases being recorded daily.

British ships arrived in Sierra Leone, carrying food, medical equipment and 32 pickup trucks to help fight Ebola.

LIBERIANS FAST, PRAY FOR THREE DAYS

Liberians began three days of fasting and prayers on Wednesday to seek salvation from the curse of the Ebola epidemic, which has killed 2,705 people and infected 4,665 more in the West African country.

The National Christian Ebola Task Force, an organisation formed in September by different Christian denominations, urged Liberians to fast from dawn-to-dusk over the next three days.

Ebola is a virus from the devil. Its killing us because we have turned our back to God, Reverend David G. Benitoe, a representative of the task force, told a news conference.

We have traded the worship of God with the worship of demons and witchcraft, and evil stuff is now happening in this country, Benitoe said.

Liberia is the country hardest-hit by the worst outbreak on record of the viral haemorrhagic fever, which is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of those infected.

In total, the epidemic has killed nearly 5,000 people and infected some 13,703 people since it was first reported in Guinea in March.

The disease has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, and Nigeria, with Mali becoming this month the sixth West Africa nation touched by the outbreak. Nigeria and Senegal have now been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation.