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UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed
UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Jan. 7, 2015)-The new Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has announced the mission’s support to Liberia’s education sector.

Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said:” UMEER will assist Government revamp its educational system, including the re-opening of schools across the country.”

Mr. Ahmed, also UN Secretary General’s Special Representative, has re-emphasized the need to put in place appropriate measures to protect both students and school administrators because Ebola still exists in Liberia.

He is a Mauritanian replacing Mr. Anthony Banbury who ended his tour of duty at the weekend in Monrovia.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf welcomed Mr. Ahmed to Liberia in a spirit of African brotherhood and friendship.

President Sirleaf praised his predecessor, Mr. Anthony Banbury, for the excellent job done and noted:” Mr. Banbury was supportive of Liberia’s progress to contain Ebola Virus disease.”

The Liberian Leader emphasized: “There is a compelling need for improved regional collaboration and cooperation in the continued fight against the spread of Ebola in Liberia.”

The gesture of the UN Mission Emergency Response (UNMEER) to commit support to Liberia’s education sector followed Government’s recent pronouncement to re-open schools across the country in January, 2015.

In August, 2014, the Liberian Government ordered the closure of all schools in the country during the height of the Ebola crisis.

Currently, Liberia has made a significant progress in the fight against Ebola as compared to neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone also worst hit by the virus in the Sub-Region.

Despite these latest developments, the World Health Organization (WHO), with oversight on health-related issues, has not spoken about Liberia’s status on Ebola as done in the case of Senegal and Nigeria.

Recently, the Liberian government has warned against gross abuse of the preventative measures promulgated by health authorities during and after registration in all schools because Ebola still exists in the country.

 


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