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UN SRSG Visits Bong, Promises Support
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Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Karin Landgren





UN SRSG Visits Bong, Promises Support
By Ballah Kollie, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, September 4 (LINA) – The Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Karin Landgren, has visited Bong County as part of a tour of Ebola-affected counties, pledging support to the local Ebola Task Force.

Addressing a meeting with the Task Force, SRSG Landgren said the visits were intended to get acquainted with the impact of the disease as well as the unmet needs of these counties.

She said the visits will be followed by support to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) offices in these counties to respond to the unmet needs.

“We are looking for the best way in which UNMIL can provide practical support to county Ebola task forces and that is part of the reasons for this visit,” said the UN official.

She expressed satisfaction with the level of work done by the Bong County Ebola Task Force and Health Team, the county leadership and partners, stressing that the efforts of everyone are required to contain the virus.

“Liberians have a huge responsibility to each other and must remain vigilant, responsible and honest in reporting Ebola cases, rather than keep them secret and cause the infection of more people,” Landgren said.

She said the best lesson learned from the Bong County situation is that a determined Superintendent and County Health Team, with the support of partners, can go a long way in providing the county’s needs to ensure success is achieved in whatever stride.

Madam Landgren also noted that the only way the epidemic will be turned around is for every county to get organized in meeting their needs, spreading messages that will keep people aware of the reality of the disease and to also help them manage the outbreak.

In her welcome statement, Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy lauded the UN SRSG for braving the storm to acquaint herself with the situation in a county that is now considered “an Ebola hot spot” in the country.

She also lauded UNMIL and partners for their continuous support to the government in containing the Ebola outbreak.

The visit took the UN SRSG to the Ebola Treatment Center where she expressed satisfaction with construction work done by Save the Children.

The new and centrally located treatment center will accommodate 30 patients in the “Red Zone” and 20 in its “Green Zone” and will be equipped with facilities for treating Ebola.

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