With West Africa set to be declared free of Ebola virus transmission, UN chief calls for vigilance

NEW YORK, 14th January, 2016 (WAM) -- On the eve of West Africa being declared free of Ebola virus transmission, top United Nations officials have highlighted the extraordinary global cooperation mustered to tackle an epidemic that killed over 11,300 people, at the same time calling for vigilance against future flare-ups.

"Governments will need resources to help communities prevent infection, detect potential cases and respond rapidly and effectively," Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, told a regular informal General Assembly meeting on Ebola recover and response, stressing that the international community must make good on the pledges made in 2015 to support the over 10,000 survivors in West Africa.

Remarks were also made by World Health Organisation Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, via video link, Administrator of the UN Development Programme, UNDP, Helen Clark, Special Adviser on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and former Special Envoy on Ebola Briefing, Dr. David Nabarro, and the Deputy Health Minister of Liberia, Tolbert Nyenswah, via video link, among others, including Ebola survivors.

Sierra Leone declared the end of Ebola transmission on 7th November and Guinea, where the epidemic began two years ago, on 29th December, with both countries now observing a 90-day period of heightened vigilance. Liberia is slated to declare the end of the recent flare-up today.


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