"You are not alone," says US Ambassador Power to West Africans

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Samantha Power. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Progress is being made in fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, according to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Samantha Power was on Tuesday in Monrovia in Liberia, after visiting Sierra Leone and Guinea.

She said the United States has deployed nearly one thousand military forces in West Africa, where around 5000 people have died from the virus.

Ms Power explained one of the reasons she made the trip.

President Obama asked me to come to the region as a member of the Cabinet and as an Ambassador to the United Nations in order to show solidarity with the people of the region, so that you know not alone.

Ms Power added that positive results are beginning to be seen, with safe burials occurring at a much higher percentage, and mobile labs are testing blood samples at a faster rate.

The Ambassador's next stop will be the headquarters of the UN's Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, UNMEER, in Ghana.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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