Ahmed appointed new head of UN Ebola mission

Newly appointed Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed addressed upcoming challenges during a visit to Ghana on Wednesday.

Ahmed praised the efforts of the UN team. Ahmed also said that there is much to be done in eradicating the virus in affected areas.

The latest information from the World Health Organization (WHO) said there have been 20,206 cases or suspected cases with nearly 8,000 fatalities attributed to this virus.

“This is a global crisis. We definitely have a difficult time ahead of us, but we can achieve it,”Ahmed said. "We have no plan B, we have to get rid of this virus. This is within our reach, but we should not be complacent.”

Ahmed said that even one case of the virus is too many. Ahmed said the staff's jobs are not done until the outbreak has ended.

Ahmed will be visiting Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to address and reinforce strategic response points and priorities.

UNMEER has stated that it now has the capacity to treat confirmed cases in isolation. UNMEER said burial teams are able to safely bury all victims with dignity.

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