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UNMEER reviews Liberias progress in Ebola fight

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Head of the UN Emergency Health Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response, Anthony Banbury
Head of the UN Emergency Health Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response, Anthony Banbury

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Dec. 30, 2014)-The Head of the UN Emergency Health Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) is officially visiting Liberia.

Anthony Banbury arrived in Liberia Monday, December 29, 2014, via the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County.

Mr. Banbury’s visit is part of the Mission’s final tour of the three worst-hit Ebola countries and it is the first UN System’s emergency health mission to the country.

An UNMEER release said: “While in Liberia, he will review progress made in the national fight against Ebola and in areas where the UN can do more to enhance the country’s capacity in the crisis.”

“The UN official will meet with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), and UNMEER’s staff,” the release also said.

Mr. Banbury has already visited Sinje in Grand Cape Mount County to witness the official opening of the new 50-bed Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).

The 50-bed ETU is run by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Recently, Grand Cape Mount County reported six confirmed Ebola cases, north of the county, bordering Sierra Leonean.

Despite the reported new cases in the County, the virus has been declining nationwide since mid-November. At the same time, Ebola Crisis Manager, Peter Graff, says: “Reports from Lofa County are significant in the fight against the Ebola virus disease.

“Lofa County, the first area to experience the outbreak in Liberia, has not reported any new case in eight consecutive weeks,” Mr. Graff further noted.

 


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