UNMIL Extends Operations to 2015

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Due to the increase of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country, the Special Representative to the Secretary General, Madam Karin Landgren, has disclosed that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will   continue its operations in the country until 2015 September and there will be no withdrawal now.

According to Madam Landgren, the UN Mission will continue to carry out its duties by serving the Liberian people,  especially in the midst of the Deadly Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.

SRSG Landgren described the Deadly Ebola Virus Disease outbreak here as the greatest threat since the civil crisis.

Madam Landgren made the disclosure in Monrovia following her regular Wednesday press conference held at the Headquarters of the UNMIL following her arrival from the Security Council.

She said, UNMIL is serving as critical back up for Liberia’s security institutions and that UNMIL  and Military are on the standby when needed to respond to specific incidents  that tend to deteriorate beyond the capacity of Liberian authorities.

She indicated that in line with the mission’s protection of Civilian’s mandate, UNMIL Police and Military are actively monitoring the deployment of their  national counterparts during the state of Emergency, including at checkpoints, and providing training and guidance on responsibilities regarding protection of Civilians.

“UNMIL police and military will  support the planning and coordination of Liberian security institutions, the police, military and immigration, which are active in implementing Ebola control measures.  This will include  officer embedded within the Joint Command Centre.

UNMIL police have also facilitated Ebola sensitization training for 500 officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Ebola Response Team ahead of their deployment to affected areas, and provided training materials to LNP and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization officers across the country through 29 UNPOL team sites,” Said Madam Landgren.

The SRSG went on to say that the Mission is working with national counterparts to help mitigate the risk of Ebola outbreak in prisons, including by helping to reduce overcrowding through addressing the extremely high rates of pre-trial detention facilities.  The mission has also provided basic personal protective equipment, disenfectants and thermometers to all detention facilities through a Quick Impact Project.

 Discussing the UN Mission’s  effort to the fight against the Ebola Virus, she said the UNMIL Engineering Section is preparing ground for the construction of a 33,000m Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia and the mission is repairing the road and parking are for the National Emergency Operations Center in Monrovia.

The mission, in addition, is constructing and providing emergency maintenance of roads leading to other ETUs and UNMIL-constructed holding facilities in Zwedru, Gbarnga and Voinjama.

Recounting the Mission’s donation to the country, Madam Langren said these   include 30 vehicles from its fleet to the Government of Liberia for use in the fight against Ebola.  Twenty more vehicles are soon to be donated, she added.

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