A lot to be done before declaring Liberia "Ebola free"

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Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, new Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), UN Photo/Martine Perret

There is still a lot to be done in order for Liberia to be declared Ebola free, the new UN Ebola chief announced on Wednesday.

Speaking on the last day of his visit to the West African nation, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of UNMEER, said he had "mixed impressions".

On Wednesday, he travelled to Grand Cape Mount, one of the most affected areas.

Mr Ahmed's visit to a treatment centre confirmed, he said, that the number of people diagnosed with the disease is too high.

"Unfortunately the reason why I said it's mixed is because I think we are at a stage where we are not yet there. And this is what we also want to convey through the press. There is certainly a lot to be done in order for Liberia to be declared Ebola free."

The head of the UN's first-ever emergency health Mission encouraged Liberia's leaders and the global community to remain engaged and mobilized, warning against any "complacency".

In Liberia, the number of new cases has declined in the past six weeks.

The total number of reported cases in the affected region is around 20,000.

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