UN vows central role in fighting ‘exceptional’ Ebola epidemic

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Aug 23rd, 2014
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The United Nations vowed yesterday  to play a “strong role” in helping Liberia and other Ebola-hit nations  fight the deadly disease in West Africa, which it said could take months to bring it under control.

Liberia has been particularly hard hit by the epidemic that has swept relentlessly across the region since March, accounting for almost half of the 1,427 deaths.

“Ebola in Liberia must be addressed to ensure a stable economy, future and society,” said Karin Landgren, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s special representative for the country.

“The magnitude of this outbreak requires a higher level of coordination than previous responses and the UN Mission in Liberia will play a strong role in this effort,” she said in a statement yesterday.

Her comments were echoed by Dr David Nabarro, the UN’s new pointman on Ebola, who arrived in the region on Thursday to tour the Ebola-hit countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.

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