"No room for complacency" in fighting Ebola, says UN official

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Despite progress that has been made in fighting Ebola in the three West African countries worst affected by the virus, there is no room for complacency as new cases have shown.

That's what John Ging, Operations Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told reporters on Thursday.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

Mr. Ging last week visited Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the headquarters of the UN Mission for Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER) in Ghana.

He reminded reporters that there are 22,000 cases of Ebola and close to 9,000 people have died from the disease mainly in the three countries.

Mr. Ging said the crisis is now turning with the international and national efforts making progress towards the elimination of the virus.

However, he cautioned that there is no room for complacency as the numbers of Ebola cases have gone up again.

"So now we see across the three countries, a 124 new cases being reported. In Sierra Leone they have had the highest number of new cases at 80 last week compared with 65 the week before, in Guinea 39 new cases last week compared with 30 the week before and in Liberia five new cases compared with four the week before. This is evidence of there being no room for complacency." (26")

Mr. Ging said all the partners on the ground told him that the hardest work is still ahead.

He said the focus now is on tracing so that each case of Ebola can be tracked.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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