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Ebola difficult to narrow to zero says UN Representative

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The head of the UN Ebola Emergency Response to Liberia, Anthony Bambary, says it’s difficult for the Ebola virus in Liberia to reach point zero. Speaking with reporters Tuesday in Monrovia, Mr. Bambary said cases in Liberia are declining in certain regions due to measures that have been adapted by the Government and with the help of the UN and international partners.

He also said the Government of Liberia needs more logistical support and money to help in the fight against the deadly virus. Mr. Bambary said in 30 days, there has been fast deployment in West Africa to fight the virus and there will be more investments to help governments of the region and their peoples in the fight because the virus is a global treat.

The UN envoy said he had visited Guinea and Serra Leone and was in Liberia, adding that he has already met with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. He noted that there have been great improvements and commended the Government and international partners for collaborating in the Ebola fight, while adding that the UN has also been a great help in the process though there are still difficulties in some areas.

He pointed out that people are still dying and some are surviving from the virus in Liberia because of early treatment and care from ETUs. He added that the UN has been very active in the process to help the Government of Liberia and other affected countries is committed to doing more to see an end to the Ebola epidemic.

Ambassador Bambary said the UN Mission is extending the review of its actions initiated in the wake of the first probable case of the virus. 

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