Ban pledges UN support towards total eradication of Ebola from Guinea

CONAKRY, Guinea: Cautioning that much remains to be done to wipe out Ebola in Guinea, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that joint national, regional and global efforts have “significantly” slowed the spread of the deadly virus, giving hope to thousands of people and providing space for communities to look ahead to socio-economic recovery.

“Thanks to the determination of national authorities, the mobilisation of affected populations and with partners around the world, the spread of the virus has been significantly slowed in some regions of the country,” said Mr. Ban during a press conference in Conakry alongside Guinean President, Alpha Conde.

“However, much remains to be done. Ebola continues to spread and is a serious risk for all Guineans. The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and our partners are here to help you. It has never been more important to work together,” said the Secretary-General.

Following “very successful” discussions with President Conde on the country’s Ebola response, the UN chief said he had delivered a personal message to the people of Guinea: “The United Nations will support you until the epidemic is halted and the country recovers from its devastating effects.” The Secretary-General has been in West Africa since Thursday on a mission of solidarity to show support for the people and governments on the front lines battling the world’s worst-ever outbreak of Ebola.

After a stop at UNMEER’s home base in Accra, Ghana, Mr. Ban visited Liberia and Sierra Leone. Later, he will head to Mali. He is being accompanied by the head of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Margaret Chan, as well as his Special Envoy for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, and the head of UNMEER, Anthony Banbury.