19 Dec 2014
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s meeting with President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Monrovia, Liberia. UN Photo/Evan Schneider
Liberia has the full support of the United Nations to fight the Ebola virus disease and to build a stronger society, according to the UN Secretary-General.
Ban Ki-moon was on Friday in Liberia, where he met with the country’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Around 6900 people have died in West Africa from Ebola, and nearly 20,000 cases of infection have been reported.
Speaking to the media, the UN chief said he wanted to convey a direct and personal message to the people of Liberia.
“The United Nations has stood with your country through challenging times before. We are committed to stand with you now as you face this merciless threat. We will be with you until the outbreak is under control and the country has recovered.” (20″)
Ban Ki-moon added there is reason to be cautiously optimistic that the outbreak can be defeated.
He said the international community’s response strategy is working.
But he added that now is not the time to ease off as there’s still a long way to go to zero cases.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.