UN: UN congratulates frontline workers battling Ebola in West Africa

New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Wednesday congratulated the front line workers in the field
battling Ebola on their well-deserved recognition as Time Magazine's "Person of the Year".

In a tweet shared by the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), the UN World
Food Programme (WFP) and other UN entities, they congratulated all those in the front line of
the Ebola Response, as well as partners, on their great work and recognition as the magazine.

The UN agencies also commended the efforts of the health and other humanitarian workers
and urged them not to relent in their efforts to stamp out the Ebola epidemic, as well as bring
lasting relief to the victims.

In another development, countries affected by the outbreak and their partners met to ensure
cases do not cross borders and to lay the foundation for resilient health systems respectively.

A one-day regional technical meeting in Monrovia, Liberia, brought together the four affected
countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali, as well as neighbouring Senegal,
Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria, with the UNMEER to develop an integrated and joint strategy for cross-border response.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who spoke at the meeting, emphasised the need to
pool shared regional resources to counter the Ebola outbreak across the whole region, and
UNMEER head Anthony Banbury said the clear commitment of the UN to support the
regional initiatives.

"The UN system looks at things within national borders. National governments of course look at things within national borders. Major donors have funding programs that look at supporting programs in a national way.

"So we have to really work to change the way we normally operate so that we can put in place
the most effective response to combat this crisis of Ebola," he said.

PANA learned that a summit of heads of states from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and
Mali is scheduled for next week to review and endorse recommendations and commitments
made at Wednesday's regional meeting.

Meanwhile, UNMEER reported on Wednesday that the regional Economic Community of
West African States (ECOWAS) has pledged to deploy 192 medical personnel from Benin,
Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo to the
most-affected countries in the coming six months.

To date, close to 18,000 cases of Ebola have been reported with more than 6,300 deaths,
according to WHO, and Sierra Leone now has the highest total number of reported cases
with 7,897 cases reported to date.
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10 december 2014 21:04:57

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