New UN Ebola chief pays first visit to Liberia

6 Jan 2015

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New Head of UNMEER, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, arrived in Liberia Tuesday as part of his first tour of the countries in West Africa.

There is more work to be done to get to zero Ebola cases in Liberia and the region, according to the UN emergency health mission chief.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of UNMEER arrived in Monrovia on Tuesday, the first leg of his tour of the worst hit West African nations.

In each country, he will assess response efforts to stop the Ebola outbreak, and determine urgent UN priorities going forward.

Mr Ahmed said that the UN and its partners needed to pay special attention to the border areas.

As of 31 December 2014, seven of Liberia’s 15 counties had reported no new Ebola cases.

However, 22 new cases were reported in Grand Cape Mount, 88 in Montserrado, and 14 in Margibi.

The UN Mission chief is travelling to Grand Cape Mount County on Wednesday to speak with local, traditional and religious leaders and Ebola survivors.

The next stop of his tour is Sierra Leone.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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