Rwanda: UN representative for Ebola Emergency Response in Guinea 'found dead'

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The special representative of the UN Secretary General for the Ebola Emergency Response in Guinea, Rwandan national Marcel Rudasingwa, has been found dead in his hotel room in Conakry, local media reported on Monday quoting several UN sources in the West African nation.

According to the Rwandan vernacular daily,, Mr Rudasingwa was recently appointed by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to coordinate the Ebola Crisis Management in Guinea with a special mission to ensure a rapid and effective international response to the outbreak of the deadly virus in the country.

Before his appointment, Mr. Rudasingwa worked for nearly 20 years in different positions within the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Kenya, Mali, Guinea and Denmark.

The newspaper quoted a statement issued by UNICEF in Guinea as saying Mr. Rudasingwa was the second international figure to die following the head of the Cuban medical brigade in the country to fight Ebola, Dr. Graseciliano Jazbatolo.

According to the latest official figures released by the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola has killed 5,160 out of 14,098 people infected across eight countries worldwide, with nearly all of them from the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
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17 november 2014 20:33:02

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