UN TO INCREASE EBOLA RESPONSE IN SIERRA LEONE

ACCRA, Aug. 27, — The United Nations is committed to the surge Ebola response in Sierra Leone, but warns that reduction of flights would hamper the response.

In a statement issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and copied to Ghana News Agency on Tuesday said after two days of intense meetings with senior government leaders and Ebola-response partners to take stock of the current response to the Ebola outbreak, the UN is committed to surge up the resources for the entire UN operation in Sierra Leone especially with a reinvigorated commitment from the WHO.

Dr David Nabarro, UN Secretary-General’s coordinator for Ebola response and co-leader of the delegation said: “This outbreak is still advancing in many parts of the country. Our partnership with Sierra Leone to end the Ebola outbreak means upgrading all the UN is doing to get the scale-up required.”

The statement said while the UN is planning to ramp up its work, more airlines are announcing they are discontinuing flights into the country over fear of the disease.

It said on August 24, Sierra Leone recorded 904 confirmed cases of Ebola, with 369 fatalities.

“The situation remains challenging,” Dr Keiji Fukuda, Assistant Director-General for global health security at the WHO and co-leader of the delegation said, adding: “We will do all we can to get ahead of the outbreak, then we can stop it and help the country get back to normal.”

The statement said responding to the outbreak demands a global partnership in which all society and nations take full responsibility, adding that this means working together, being efficient and organised on all levels, and focusing on what is being achieved.

“This outbreak demands global partnership and it is a social responsibility that will require everyone working together.

“Over the next few days, the delegation will continue working with the UN team and the government in Sierra Leone to develop the details of the upgraded response approach,” it stated.

SOURCE: GNA

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