UN Senior System Coordinator for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro
UN Ebola Coordinator Calls For More ETUs
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, September 14 (LINA) – The UN Senior System Coordinator for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, has observed that Ebola can only be eradicated from Liberia if more Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) are built throughout the country.
Dr. Nabarro said if more treatment units are constructed, the risk of the disease spreading in communities will be minimized significantly and the possibility of patients spreading it in their communities will also be significantly reduced.
He made the statement when he led an array of senior UN and WHO officials Friday on an assessment tour of the Island Clinic on Bushrod Island that is to be used as an ETU.
Nabarro pointed out that the UN has recognized the significant improvements made by Liberia since it emerged from the civil crisis and as such, it cannot allow the Ebola pandemic to derail the gains made by the Liberian government and people.
He noted that though Liberia’s Ebola case-load is the worst the world has ever witnessed, the UN is working closely with the Government of Liberia to identify what needs to be done as well as to provide the necessary support that will help the people get out of this crisis.
According to him, the UN will do all it can to direct more aid to the health sector and hold consultations with officials of government, local chiefs, and community leaders in order to strengthen their capacity to respond adequately.
Reacting to a question that UN and other international organizations take over the Ebola fight, Dr. Nabarro said the virus can only be defeated through the collective efforts of the government and the international community, noting, “Liberia will lead the fight and we will follow, but the rest of the world will not take over.”
Dr. David Nabarro, who was appointed UN Senior System Coordinator for Ebola by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is currently visiting Liberia and the other Ebola-affected countries to ensure that its contributions to this global effort is effective and well-coordinated.