UN stands with Liberia through "good and bad times": UN official

Listen /

Hervé Ladsous addresses the media in Monrovia, Liberia. UN Photo/Mathew Elavanalthoduka

Liberia is going through what has been described by the head of UN peacekeeping operations as a "particularly bad time" as it faces the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak.

Hervé Ladsous was speaking to reporters in the capital Monrovia during his visit to the West African country on Thursday.

Mr Ladsous said that as of Tuesday, over 1,250 people have died of Ebola and there are more than 2,300 reported cases of the disease in Liberia alone.

He pointed out that the actual numbers are definitely higher and as the day passes they rise exponentially.

"UNMIL has stood on the side of Liberia and its people through good times and bad time. And now it is, everyone recognizes, particularly bad time. One has to recognize that a peacekeeping mission is not a public health operator. This is not what we are trained for. This is not what is intended for us to do" (26")

However, Mr Ladsous added, UNMIL fully supports the efforts to stem the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’10″

Filed under Today's News.
UN Radio Daily News Programme
UN Radio Daily News Programme
Updated at 1800 GMT, Monday to Friday
Loading the player ...

CONNECT

       

 

December 2017
M T W T F S S
« Nov    
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031