He said that so far results in the international effort to tackle Ebola remained uneven, stressing that many more health workers were needed in the worst-hit countries in West Africa.
“Our end game is not near. We must get to zero cases. Ebola is not a disease where you can leave a few cases and say you’ve done enough.”
Mr Ban said the situation in Mali was of particular concern.
WHO chief Margaret Chan is to travel to Mali later on Saturday, and the UN has already announced a special taskforce for the country to deal with the outbreak.
Mr Banbury, the head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (Unmeer), warned that “we are far, far away from ending this crisis”.
“There is a long battle ahead of us,” he added.
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