Mauritania: Govt. hails appointment of Mauritanian as head of UN emergency mission on Ebola

Nouakchot, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian government has welcomed the appointment of its citizen, Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed, to head the United Nations Mission for emergency action against Ebola (UNMEER), the Mauritanian ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation indicated here Saturday.

The appointment is in recognition of the excellent national human resources available in Mauritania, says the ministry.

The Mauritanian will work with the UN Coordinator for the fight against Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, as well as the governments of West African countries hit by the epidemic (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali).

UNMEER was set up two months ago to coordinate the fight against Ebola in those countries, with its seat in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, and with branches in the three countries, as well as in Mali. This is the first UN ground mission for an international public health crisis.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently announced the appointment of Ahmed as his new Special Representative and Head of UNMEER, to succeed Anthony Banbury, who will return to New York in early January 2015.

Ahmed, 54, is also the number 2 man with the UN support mission in Libya (UNSMIL). He has held several positions within the UN agencies in Syria, Yemen, Georgia and Kenya.

Over the past few months, the deadly Ebola virus disease has killed over 6,000 persons in West Africa.
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14 december 2014 11:48:11

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