UN: Ban recommits UN's support to fight Ebola in Liberia

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said Liberia has the full support of the UN in the fight against the Ebola virus disease and to build a stronger society.

A UN statement obtained by PANA in New York said Ban arrived in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, where he met with the country's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as part of his four-nation visit to assess the UN Ebola response in the West African affected countries.

It quoted the UN chief as saying: "The United Nations has stood with Liberia during the challenging times before, and we are committed to stand with you now as you face this merciless threat.

"We will be with you until the Ebola outbreak is under control and the country has recovered," he said, noting that, "there is reason to be cautiously optimistic that the outbreak can be defeated."

He said the international community's response strategy was working, adding that "now is not the time to ease off as there's still a long way to go to zero cases."

The Secretary-General was accompanied on the visit by World Health Organisation (WHO)  Dr. Margaret Chan, UN System Coordinator for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, and the Head of the UN’s Ebola Mission (UNMEER) Anthony Banbury.

WHO said more than 6,500 people have died in West Africa from Ebola, mainly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, while nearly 20,000 cases of infection have been reported.

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19 december 2014 16:43:47

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