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Bong Official Wants “Robust Talks” In MRU On Curbing Ebola
By Solomon Giddings, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, June 27 (LINA) -The Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Bong County has called for “robust consultations” among Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone on the way forward in eradicating Ebola from the Mano River Union (MRU) region.
Joseph Urey made the call at the end of the third Ebola cross-border surveillance meeting under the auspices of Global Communities attended by Liberian and Guinean authorities in Zota District, Bong County Thursday.
Urey, who is the focal person of the surveillance, noted that the meeting between both countries was an effort to minimize the risk of the re-occurrence of the virus in Liberia and to share with Guinea the expertise that led Liberia to eradicate the disease.
He noted that even though Liberia has been declared Ebola-free, the need for consultations with Guinea and Sierra Leone cannot be over-emphasized since both countries are still reporting Ebola cases.
Urey then called on his Guinean counterparts to work closely with other partners to eradicate the virus from the region.
The Manager of Global Communities Bong County Chapter, Michael Forgbawa, thanked both countries for actively participating in the cross-border surveillance activities.
Forgbawa said the cross-border surveillance activities intensified due to the number of cases in Guinea that have the propensity to spillover into Liberia.
He said Global Communities as a humanitarian organization remains committed in working with communities along the Liberia-Guinea border due to the porous borders situation faced by both countries.
For their part, the Guinea delegation thanked Global Communities and the Liberian Government for hosting the meeting and promised to work tirelessly and ensure that Guinea will one day be declared free of the killer disease.
The next cross-border surveillance meeting will take place in Yormue, Guinea at the end of July.