UN: UNICEF distributes emergency supplies to Ebola-affected communities in Liberia

New York, US (PANA) - In a speedy response to Liberia's first confirmed cases of Ebola in more
than three months, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has begun distributing emergency supplies in the affected communities, including tents for isolating those under quarantine, hygiene kits and chlorine and buckets for hand washing stations.

A UN statement on Friday in New York, stated that, in Margibi County, where the body of a child
tested positive for the virus on 29 June, UNICEF social mobilization teams are already on the
ground conducting door-to-door awareness campaigns on Ebola prevention, to minimize the
risk of further infections and to protect and assist those affected.

Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF's Representative in Liberia, said: "There was always a risk that Ebola would return to Liberia. Now we have to put everything we have into getting back to zero cases, and the speed of the response to these cases shows that no one has let their guard down."

He noted that, in the coming days, the school that the victim attended will be decontaminated,
new hygiene stations will be put in place, and soap and chlorine distributed.

He also said that hand washing stations provided by UNICEF were positioned at the entrance
of all schools in Liberia when they re-opened after a six-month closure in February, saying:
"UNICEF has worked with local authorities to keep them in place following the declaration
on May 9 that the country was free from Ebola transmission."

"UNICEF is also working with the government to ensure that measures such as the taking of
students' temperatures when they arrive are in place," the UNICEF official stressed.

"Liberia would not have been declared Ebola free in May without the knowledge and initiative
of communities," said Mr. Yett, adding that, "those communities are again at the forefront of
re-invigorated efforts to ensure that there are no new cases of the disease there."

Liberia is among the West African countries most affected by last year's unprecedented Ebola outbreak along with Guinea and Sierra Leone and was declared free of Ebola transmission in early May.

Meanwhile, the UN said in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, new infections continue to be reported, though in much lower numbers than at the peak of the outbreak.

It disclosed that in the week ending 28 June, 12 new cases of Ebola were recorded in Guinea
and eight in Sierra Leone.
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