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 To Advocate For Support To Fight Ebola  

Dr. LuisWorld Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo has arrived in Liberia on an official visit to contribute to the fight against the Ebola disease.

Dr. Sambo’s visit to Liberia is intended to galvanize efforts and help mobilize the support needed nationally and internationally to control the current outbreak and prevent its future occurrence.

Upon his arrival Monday, Dr. Sambo held talks with a high-level government officials, health partners, as well as UN representatives at the Ministry of Health and the country Office of WHO in Liberia.

The discussion was centered on strengthening advocacy for technical and financial support to contain the outbreak of the Ebola disease in the country.

While in Liberia, the WHO Regional Director will join President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 to launch the Liberia Strategic Plan for Accelerated Response to reoccurrence of Ebola epidemic in the country.

Accordingly, both President Sirleaf and Dr. Sambo will serve as Chief launcher and Co-launcher respectively, following the National Task Force on the Ebola disease meeting at the Ministry of Health.

The plan outlines key control strategies and activities required to contain the disease outbreak.

Briefing Liberian health officials, the WHO officials in Liberia, Dr. Sambo called for more concerted effort to rapidly contain the further spread of the disease.

For his part, Health Minister Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale told the WHO Regional Director that the Ministry was in need of more financial supports to respond to every level in the country.

The first wave of Ebola in Liberia was confirmed on March 30, 2013, while the country is currently facing the second wave of cases since May, 2014.

Since the disease was confirmed in the country, the World Health Organization continues to provide support to the Ministry of Health in the areas of coordination, treatment of patients, surveillance, social mobilization, as well as advocacy for human, logistics,, financial and resources.