UN chief to travel to Ebola-hit countries: UN sources

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses participants at climate talks in Lima on December 10, 2014 (AFP Photo/Cris Bouroncle) (AFP/File)

United Nations (AFP) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Ebola-hit countries in West Africa this week to raise awareness about the health crisis, UN officials said Tuesday.

Ban is to make the announcement at a year-end press conference at the United Nations on Wednesday, UN official said.

The UN chief is to visit Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali to take stock of international efforts to beat back the world's worst outbreak of the disease, which has left more than 6,800 people dead.