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SRSG Praises Local Authorities

Secretary General Special Representative to Liberia Karin Landgren has praised local authorities for their efforts against the spread of the Ebola virus.

Amb. Landgren wash hands at the entrance of Gbarnga Administrative Building

SRSG Landgren recommitted the United Nations Mission in Liberia to fully standing by the country during these difficult times, urging Liberians to put aside their differences and focus on the fight against the virus.

Madam Landgren noted that it was no time to shift blames for the   spread of the disease, adding that while it was true that many Liberians believe in catering to their sick relatives, they must also exercise the highest degree of care during this health crisis.

The UN Secretary General Special Representative emphasized that sick people needed to be taken care of properly, while contact tracing needs to also be taken seriously.

Welcoming the SRSG earlier, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy commended UNMIL and other partners for their support in the county in the fight against the disease. Superintendent Mappy informed the SRSG that the Ebola Task Force has achieved a lot in the areas of awareness, contact-tracing and surveillance.

She named cultural practices and continuous denial by some community members as some of the major challenges faced by the task force as it strives for an Ebola-free environment in Bong County. The Superintendent, who also chairs the county Ebola Task Force, called on UNMIL to assist the Task Force with logistics and other materials to make the battle against the disease more progressive.

The Bong County Superintendent made the remarks recently during a one-day visit to the county by the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations as part of an effort to acquaint her with the Ebola situation across the country.

During her visit, Karin Landgren also met with civil society and stakeholders in the fight against the Ebola virus. Her visit to County took her to the Ebola holding center currently being constructed by Save the Children. At the center, she commended Save the Children for the forty bed room-holding center expected to be completed shortly.

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