UN Ebola Response Official In Town

By Janjay F. Campbell

The Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury says they are in Liberia to save lives and end the Ebola crisis.

Speaking with reporters at the James Spriggsfield Airport in Monrovia yesterday, Mr. Banbury said his team in Liberia will focus on four main issues by working with the health sector to know what they can do to quickly stop the virus.

He stated that President Sirleaf along with the Presidents of Sierra Leone and Guinea wrote the United Nations to help end the Ebola crisis that is causing chaos in their respective countries.

He stressed that logistic is one of the challenges health workers are face with and UNMEER will fill in the gap by providing transportation.An other point of focus will be community awareness and prevention, let communities know how deadly the virus is.

He mentioned that the Ebola virus is a threat to the international community and because of the threat this is the first and fastest ever emergency response team put together by the United Nations. He stressed that they will focus on saving lives because a lot of Liberians have succumbed to the virus.

At the same time, the head of UNMEER in Liberia, Robert Ragan said lots of good work have been done by the health workers in Liberia and that even though the Ebola crisis is very difficult but UNMEER will do all it could to stop the virus.

He stated that UNMEER will work along with the Ministry of Health to fill in the gaps that need filling and that much more needs to be done in the health sector and that UNMEER will contribute to the fight against the Ebola virus at all cost.