The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Madam Karin Landgren, has pledged the commitment of UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to fight the Ebola epidemic, as it has done in restoring peace to the people of Liberia.
Madam Landgren said it is the hope of UNMIL and the entire UN family in the country that the deadly epidemic is booted out of the country and the sub-region.
Speaking Tuesday, July 22, during the Ebola National Task Force Meeting at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Congo Town, SRSG Landgren said UNMIL stands ready to provide every assistance in its capacity to ensure that the Liberian government succeeds in the fight against the virus.
“UNMIL and the UN country team are fully committed to the process of fighting the epidemic. UNMIL stands ready to use its logistical capacities to help in this fight,” she said.
Madam Landgren called for community engagements to tackle the largest outbreak ever on the continent.
She indicated that UNMIL’s information section will continue to assist in the area of Ebola awareness dissemination to the general public, as it has done since the outbreak of the virus–a move she promised, will continue until the disease is eradicated from Liberia.
The UNMIL boss acknowledged the high level of leadership exhibited so far by the Ministry of Health as the government fights to contain the disease. UNMIL and the UN family will stand with you in these efforts.
She expressed condolence for the 12 health workers who have lost their lives in the fight against the virus.
World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, renewed his organization’s commitment in fighting the Ebola Virus in Liberia and the Sub-region.
Dr. Sambo urged the government of Liberia to step up contact tracing, inter-sectoral approach, cross-border collaboration and coordination at all levels, and bring together key players to galvanize support for the outbreak.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has reaffirmed that the Ebola outbreak in the country is a National Emergency, and called on all Liberians and residents within the borders of Liberia to join the government and partners in the fight against the deadly virus.
She described the Ebola outbreak as very serious and requires urgent attention and the involvement of all including government officials, religious and traditional leaders, and the general public to take the message out to their various communities in order to contain any further spread of the disease.
The Liberian Chief Executive said she will personally take the lead in the drive to eradicate the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
She, however, called on the public to adhere strictly to rules and instructions from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and partners about the virus and burials for Ebola-related deaths.
The President has also mandated the Ministry of Internal Affairs to engage County Superintendents, Mayors, Commissioners, and chiefs to “go out and fight Ebola” by holding town hall meetings to sensitize their respective communities.
The Liberian Chief Executive used the occasion to appreciate the sacrifices being made by health workers in risking their lives to save the lives of others in the wake of the Ebola outbreak. She sympathized with health workers who have been infected by the virus and their respective families.
Earlier, Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale praised the efforts of partners in battling the disease while Liberia’s Chief Medical officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, presented an update on the status of the Ebola outbreak in the country which has claimed 137 Lives.
As of July 21, six new cases were reported, bringing the cumulative cases (confirmed, probable, and suspected) to 230, including 82 confirmed cases.
Seven new deaths were reported, bringing the total deaths to 137. Liberia’s Ebola case fatality rate is 69.7 percent. This indicates that the situation is still volatile and requires community, religious and traditional leaders’ support.