Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Koroma on Thursday 8 January received the new Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of the United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Mr Ismail Ould Cheik Ahmed at State House, Freetown.
President Koroma stated that the United Nations response has increased substantially and there has been a huge improvement in national capacity, particularly in laboratory and bed capacity across the country albeit concentrated in hot spots.
The focus now is to be more efficient in national coordination and be more vigilant in contact tracing and surveillance activities, the president said. “This is no time to be complacent,’’ he said, adding that he will resume his social mobilization drive across the country for community involvement and ownership in a bid to break the chain of transmission.
Ahmed commended Koroma for his leadership of the national response and more importantly his social mobilization drive for community involvement in the fight against Ebola. “This is extremely important,’’ he stressed. He accentuated the significance of government’s leadership, community involvement and an efficient coordination mechanism in the overall response to the outbreak.