Cautioning that much remains to be done to wipe out Ebola in Guinea, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday (20 Dec 2014) that joint national, regional and global efforts have “significantly” slowed the spread of the deadly virus.
“Thanks to the determination of national authorities, the mobilization 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 Condé.
Mr Ban has been in West Africa since Thursday (18 Dec 2014), 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, according to allafrica.com.
After a stop at UNMEER’s home base in Accra, Ghana, Mr Ban visited Liberia and Sierra Leone on Friday (19 Dec 2014). He is being accompanied by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Margaret Chan, as well as his Special Envoy for Ebola, Dr David Nabarro, and the head of UNMEER, Anthony Banbury.
The WHO reports in its latest regional statistics on the outbreak that Ebola is affecting some 19,031 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and has killed 7,373.